Jaki Liebezeit – The Can Groove

Jaki Liebezeit is the drummer for the infamous German avant-garde psychedelic band, Can. He is said to be the founder of the “Motorik Beat“, the most commonly used drum pattern in the Kraut Rock scene (straight 8ths with closed h/h + bass drum and snare backbeat).

However, this post is about another trait of his, another signature beat he plays in numerous CAN compositions. Just click on the following links.

Now, remember all those times in rehearsal when your band wants to write a new song and you ‘re like: “Darn it, I have to play something different now for sure, gotta sound always fresh“. Oh well, apparently Liebezeit never had that problem in his mind…

*NOTE on the constant quarter notes on the right hand instead of 8ths. That way, the 16th note subdivision happening between the bass drum and the snare sounds even more immense.