Video: Making Linear Drum Loops in Reason 6

One of my most popular blog posts is the one I wrote a few years ago entitled “Linear Drumming for Dummies“. ┬áIt’s a concept made famous by Steve Gadd (he’s no dummy) and oddly enough, Wikipedia references this very blog when talking about the most widely discussed song featuring linear drumming, Paul Simon’s “50 Ways […]

Rocking The EVOC

I had good intentions of recording a rather straight ahead, Gadd-esque linear drum loop. In fact, that’s pretty much what I had… before I reached for the vocoder: [audio:102_prefilter.mp3] Loop #111 With a delay set to a dotted eighth note and the EVOC 20 filter (my SIGSALY is in the shop) heavy in the mix, […]

Sunday Stuff

Here’s a great clip of Steve Gadd getting things done at the 1976 Montreux Jazz Festival. Check out the dynamic paradiddle variations between the snare and cowbell. Classic Gadd. My only question… where can I get one of those vintage “Stuff” t-shirts?

The Best Video I Couldn’t Embed

Earlier today I was unpacking some boxes of random percussion gear and stumbled across a frame drum that I’ve been neglecting for the past few years. I purchased this particular drum about ten years ago when I was studying South Indian music with the great Jamey Haddad. After tuning up the drum and attempting to […]

Lunchtime Lesson – Gaddfeld

Much like Seinfeld reruns, you can never watch too many videos of Steve Gadd. Here he is again, playing along side legendary percussionist, Giovanni Hidalgo, at the 1997 Modern Drummer festival.

Lunchtime Lesson – Groove vs Mullets

In this 1989 tribute concert to Buddy Rich, Steve Gadd proves that you don’t need splash cymbals or an unfortunate hairstyle to kick some ass. Though, Vinnie’s left handed lick at the 7:06 mark made my eyeballs pop out of my head.

The Paradiddle

Continuing my hugely successful rudiment series (0 comments and counting), today we take a look at one of my favorites: The Paradiddle I tend to think of the paradiddle as “the popular kid” of rudiments. Unlike less popular rudiments such as the ratamacue or the single drag, it’s the captain of the football team and […]

Lunchtime Lesson #2

Steve Gadd and Ralph MacDonald show us how to keep things in the pocket. Ralph also proves that it’s possible to look like a total bad-ass, even while wearing a captain’s hat.

Linear drumming for dummies.

Linear drumming is a style of playing where no two limbs hit at the same time. These grooves are typically broken up between the snare, kick, hi hat and toms, creating a unique, lilting feel. One of the most popular examples of linear drumming is Steve Gadd’s performance on Paul Simon’s “50 Ways to Leave […]