JR admits doin overdubs on Ain’t Nobody

Look, for a guy like me who gets a bit obsessed with stuff like that moments like the one on the 21.00 mark of the following seminar are MIND BLOWING.

I’ve spent months trying to play the Ain’t Nobody groove over the studio version and it was always too fast for me to make the hihat part sound right during the chorus. Now, over this process I’ve learned a million stuff concerning 80s pop drumming and dance music in general. But I’ve never got down the groove 100%.

Now, I know the truth. JR is not any less of a good drummer to me now. To be honest overdubbing a pattern like that is a smart move. I mean, that’s actually how drum machines work in a nutshell. And this beat sounds like drum-machine candy with real drum sounds.

I ‘ll probably keep trying to get the groove down though.

Tony Allen | Afrobeat

It’s not just about learning afrobeat as a style. Tony Allen’s patterns and sound is the perfect way for me to understand 16th note syncopated beats. You get a ton of ideas just by looking at him lay effortlessly one idea over the next.

Quarter Notes

Gotta start writing again. Too much material to share. Many news too.

Instead of blabbering about everything I could just get down to the important stuff. Guess what: quarter notes. Actually not the notes themselves but more of what they hide into them.

Each kind of music has its own pulse and in most cases during the rise of western (and mostly pop) culture that pulse gets its groove by the syncopation that surrounds all those quarter notes.

Take disco for example. Oh forgot to mention something. For the past month I just listen to Disco-Funk playlists and records. Anything that went around 1977-1984 before the real heavy drum machinery made it’s way to most big studios is my cup of tea at the moment.

As with every musical phase I go through, I tend to continually stumble upon the right modern records that were influenced by that particular genre. And finally I get to my point. Take disco for example.

Some facts about this song. It’s a track from a record called ‘All Night Long’ by the B.B. & Q. Band. Discogs credits the drummer to be Yogi Horton and I can really believe that because the grooves on this album are IMMENSE. This particular song was sampled by NxWorries aka Anderson Paak & Knxwledge in the song ‘Scared Money’.

It’s a medium to slow (considering the age) disco song. And guess what, the groove is just quarter notes on the hihat. Ooor maybe it’s not just that. No, it’s a constant 16th note pulse that’s being used as a subdivision for little fills and kicks during the songs. These disco dudes could play a whole 6-minute arrangement using the hihat only and still hitting all the right spots in the mix.

Anyway, just listen to this damn record. Lyrics are awful but the production is beautifully smart and the grooves are tastier than pancakes.