Top 5 Bernard Purdie Drum Beats Top 5 Bernard Purdie Drum Beats Every Drummer Should Know SHEET MUSIC SIGN UP FOR A MEMBERSHIP Be sure and leave a comment below! 20 comments on “Top 5 Bernard Purdie Drum Beats” James W Pickhardt says: November 14, 2020 at 10:21 am 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 Reply Tim B. - SDS Staff Teacher says: November 17, 2020 at 3:05 pm We appreciate the kind words! Glad this stuff is hitting home with you! Reply Teddy says: November 14, 2020 at 10:27 am 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. Reply Tim B. - SDS Staff Teacher says: November 17, 2020 at 3:07 pm Glad ya enjoyed it Teddy! Reply Gary Astrein says: November 14, 2020 at 12:01 pm Can’t download and print without a password Reply Tim B. - SDS Staff Teacher says: November 17, 2020 at 3:08 pm Sorry to hear that Gary! Shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get you taken care of! Reply Philip says: November 14, 2020 at 12:08 pm Gotta love Purdie. i was hoping for Babylon Sisters. That little hh opening/closing during the verse is killer. Reply Tim B. - SDS Staff Teacher says: November 17, 2020 at 3:09 pm He’s one of the greatest, no doubt. It was REALLY hard to narrow it down to just 5 grooves. There are SO many records he played on and so many killer tracks to choose from. Reply Tom Molotky says: November 14, 2020 at 2:39 pm 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. Reply Doug says: November 14, 2020 at 7:51 pm Thanks for all you do! Always full of gems that make me a better drummer. Reply Jazz says: November 14, 2020 at 10:46 pm I fully embrace the “is there gas in the car” sentiments. That gives me goosebumps every single time. Reply Glenn Diecedue says: November 15, 2020 at 9:06 am Did you ever here Funky Donkey by Bernard Purdie? At the beginning of the song he says, “It’s Funky Donkey Time” Reply Tim B. - SDS Staff Teacher says: November 17, 2020 at 3:15 pm I haven’t! But I’ll check it out today. I personally love the solo drum albums he put out. Just entire albums of him grooving. Reply Adrian Huang says: November 15, 2020 at 9:18 am Thank you, Stephen! For introducing Bernard Purdie to us! Reply Gary says: November 16, 2020 at 9:32 am 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. Reply Tim B. - SDS Staff Teacher says: November 17, 2020 at 3:17 pm 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. Reply Dan Rounsaville says: November 16, 2020 at 4:45 pm 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. Reply Tim B. - SDS Staff Teacher says: November 17, 2020 at 3:23 pm 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. Reply Antonello Kata says: November 18, 2020 at 1:49 am Great lesson !!!🥁🎶🎵🍻🍻Thank you a lot Reply Stephen says: November 20, 2020 at 11:13 am You bet ANtonello! Reply Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Notify me via e-mail if anyone answers my comment.