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Drum Lesson: Billy Ashbaugh - Standard Blues/Rock Shuffle

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Published on Jun 6, 2010

This lesson is your introduction the Basic Blues/Rock Shuffle.

Hello welcome back again to the Drum Room. This is Billy Ashbaugh with Drummer Connection.com and today we're going to look at our first shuffle groove. I love shuffles because they involve triplets and anything involving triplets can tend to be a little tricky, especially in the beginning.

So as we look at this groove the first thing you have to understand is how to count and feel a steady flow of 8th note triplets. Typically we count those 1 triplet 2 triplet 3 triplet 4 triplet. Although there are several different ways, how you count it doesn't matter in my opinion, it's just how you phrase it and make it feel good. So I'm going to give you an example of a steady flow of 8th note triplets on the hi-hat.

Now, for the shuffle groove what the hi-hat plays is what they call a shuffle pattern. What this does is take every single middle triplet and leave it out, leave it silent, which leaves the first and last triplet of every beat being played. Sounds like this.

OK, once that's comfortable a little trick that I do is I like to take quarter notes and accent them with the shoulder of the stick into the side of the cymbal like this, the hi-hat like we talked about earlier. And catch the last triplet with the tip. It sounds like this.

OK, we're piecing this thing together. Next let's bring in the snare drum. Now remember all we're going to do is bring it in for beat 2 & beat 4. Very important, pay attention to the hi-hat make sure that it doesn't change in any way and you don't break up that nice groove that you already have going. So just bringing in the snare first sounds like this.

Alright the hands are settled, feeling and sounding good now we're going to bring in the kick drum. Let's start off with something very basic, let's just go for 1 & 3.

OK your first basic shuffle pattern. Not too crazy, not too involved just 1 & 3 and 2 & 4.
Now from this point experiment. Move the kick drum around all over the place to create different types of grooves. The important thing is make sure that your hands stay exactly where they are. Don't let them change in feel. So what I'm going to give you is a quick demonstration. I'll give you two different grooves. I'll switch the kick drum around each time and play sort of a typical shuffle pattern for you.

OK, one more idea. On the bass drum we've yet to play the middle triplet. I love to this it's a lot of fun. Again this ones quit tricky, a little more advanced but I'll give you an example of what that sounds like.

And there you have it, your introduction to your standard blues rock shuffle. Not that hard. It's more of just a feel thing. Playing triplets can be a little tricky so again as always relax, slow this stuff down. Make it feel comfortable slow and then gradually speed it up and you can't go wrong.

We've got a lot more triplet stuff coming up, especially shuffles. We've got ghost notes and a ton of different things going on so be sure and check back for all of that.
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