Top 5 Bernard Purdie Drum Beats


Top 5 Bernard Purdie Drum Beats Every Drummer Should Know


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20 comments on “Top 5 Bernard Purdie Drum Beats

  1. James W Pickhardt says:

    Glad to see your still the greatest. Appreciate all you try and do for us less fortunate drummers out here. Lot of stuff to learn. Stay healthy. Jim Pickhardt

  2. Teddy says:

    it was very nice to see you get into the “other” groove of “The Thrill Is Gone” where BP play the ghost notes on the downbeats. I also think that’s great! At the same time it’s a pity that live even many B.B. King Drummers don’t play this variation.

  3. Gary Astrein says:

    Can’t download and print without a password

  4. Philip says:

    Gotta love Purdie. i was hoping for Babylon Sisters. That little hh opening/closing during the verse is killer.

  5. Tom Molotky says:

    Ahh. The Purdie shuffle. Been struggling with that groove forever! Jeff Porcaro’s Rosanna always impressed. Good stuff Stephen. Thanks and please keep it coming! Still working on the kitchen sink of yours from a while back.

  6. Doug says:

    Thanks for all you do! Always full of gems that make me a better drummer.

  7. Jazz says:

    I fully embrace the “is there gas in the car” sentiments. That gives me goosebumps every single time.

  8. Glenn Diecedue says:

    Did you ever here Funky Donkey by Bernard Purdie? At the beginning of the song he says, “It’s Funky Donkey Time”

  9. Adrian Huang says:

    Thank you, Stephen! For introducing Bernard Purdie to us!

  10. Gary says:

    I always thought the beat on the Thrill Is Gone is genius. Listening to it for years, trying to get the feel I didn’t know it was Bernard. I love the loping (Is that the right word?) feel he gives the groove. Thanks Stephen for bring us that insightful lesson. I think one of the hallmarks of a great
    drummer is tastefully done ghost notes.

    • Absolutely agree that Purdie’s “lope” is signature and unique to him. I’ve found that all my favorite drummers have a particular lope to their time-feel. That is THE thing that makes them sound like “them” in every situation they play in.

  11. Dan Rounsaville says:

    I have also always loved BP and his playing on The Thrill is Gone is perfectly matched to the song. On the ’loping’ part you mention he is doing a little more with his bass drum than you show in your lesson. Good headphones will reveal his mastery….
    Thanks again for breaking it down.

    • Yep, in later versus you are right – he adds a few more kick drum things. I actually find tunes recorded that long ago easier to listen to on studio monitors as you can get a better imaging of the band. In that tune, the drums are panned just right of center and bass guitar is panned just left of center. Being able to hear that separation makes it MUCH easier to pick out what is a light kick drum vs a grace note on the bass guitar.

  12. Great lesson !!!🥁🎶🎵🍻🍻Thank you a lot

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