Purdie Shuffle Exercise

Purdie Shuffle Exercise


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45 comments on “Purdie Shuffle Exercise

  1. Andrew says:


  2. As always…..Fantastic!!! I use to subscribe to your web site and I always found the material very useful. I hope to re-subscribe soon.
    Thank you, David Schneider
    Winnipeg Canada

  3. Aaron says:

    It’s infectious … I know it as the Steely Dan Beat. Great groove!

  4. Mark says:

    I like how it was broken down on the pad. I assume the ghost note after the down beat on 3 will be for a more advanced lesson

    • Stephen says:

      I didn’t include that because I find that at higher tempos, it muddies the groove. There is footage or Porcaro eluding to this same thing as well. But yes, you would want to attempt that only after you mastered the initial pattern.

  5. Sandy says:

    Thank you that was a nice exercise.

  6. Logan says:

    Nice I was literally just practicing half time shuffles when I seen this in my email!

  7. Lewis says:

    excellent lesson!

  8. Jorrit says:

    Yup, lots of stick throwing on that one. Thanks for putting up this video, I used to watch the old one. Really appreciate what you do, you were one of my first drum teacher’s online. Now I’m in two bands but still so much to learn.

  9. Jack Howe says:

    Hey Stephen I love this. This is my first time taking lessons with you. I’m not sure if you normally throw in extra content for your students but I wanted to say thank you for the exercise. I’ve never really been taught or worked on rudiments or reading drum set notes but I’m trying very hard. It’s only been what a month and I’m already starting to seen big changes behind the kit for me. Thank you again dude have a good one. I’m fired up ????????????

  10. Mike Distasi says:

    Hi, I loved the video with you and your sound engineer teaching about how to mic drums. Where can I get more of them ?

    • Stephen says:

      Hey Mike…check out my YouTube channel. That was a part of a 4 part series we are in the middle of. Micing kick, snare, and toms are all on my YT channel. Overheads will be next.

  11. Matt Button says:

    really cool explanation and great way to break it down into manageable chunks. thanks

  12. Toine says:

    Great lesson Steve! thanks

  13. Kenny Vaughn says:

    Excellent way to teach the thought process and sticking progressions one should follow to improve their drumming skills!!

  14. Bob Valente says:

    Great breakdown Stephen. Pretty Purdue has always been one of my favorites and his shuffle is most challenging. On a personal note…you are a nice looking man…trim your beard so you don’t look like a ZZ Top wannabe.

    Love your style and the way you make lessons so relevant. Keep rocking brother!

    Bob ????

  15. Gina says:

    I had worked on the Rosanna and Fool in the rain grooves before but I really liked the way you broke it down and moved the accents around. Great exercise for hand workout! Awesome video!

  16. Corey says:

    Great approach to building a strong foundation for the groove. Seems like you could apply a similar method, by breaking down the component parts, as you bring the feet into the picture. Thanks!

  17. Mark Wolfe says:

    Excellent lesson, we sometimes make things harder than they truly are! Thank you so very much for sharing you’re very appreciated.

    • Stephen says:

      You’re more than welcome Mark!

      • Hey Stephen, Your older video is the first one i saw of you breaking the shuffle down that’s when i decided to subscribe to the drum shed. I started working with the exercise and drove myself crazy till i was able to combine the ghost notes,accent on the third, and place the bass beats all in order. Still work with it a lot. Thanks for another great lesson on breaking the sticking down,learned so much from you!!!!!

  18. Ivan says:

    It’s a really good lesson. Thanks.

  19. Rick says:

    Hi Stephen, I first heard the half time shuffle when Bernard Purdie was with King Curtis (That dates me!!)
    I love Bonhams “Heavier” version. I have never been able to get it just right.
    Breaking it down like you have done is enormously useful and reminds me that we should all start at the beginning with baby steps and break it down into the bare components no matter what we are playing.
    Thanks Stephen, an excellent lesson….

  20. Anton says:

    Good lesson. Methodically correct and very useful. Please, I would kindly ask you to give a few tips on developing good timing and solid groove while working with a click. This comes to me especially after this weekend working in a studio and laying some tracks without bass amp thumping on the other side of the room. The bass channel in my cans did not do for me, and I was feeling very very awkwardly. However, the engineer was very happy the way I’ve done it. Any suggestions?

  21. John Iacona says:

    Great lesson. I really like the way you broke everything down to the basic elements of the groove.

  22. Kevin O'Brien says:

    I love the Purdie shuffle, thank you breaking the sticking down. This proves to me that I need more lessons from you, thanks!

  23. Kevin O'Brien says:

    Can you show me how to break down BB King’s The Trill Is Gone, especially the kick drum part, thank you.