08 Jul, 2016

8 Ways To Move Billie Jean Pt. 1

Grooves

It always surprises me how much of drumming goes back to mastering the basics. One fundamental that simply has to be mastered is syncopation. This means to displace the accents in music so the “strong” beats become “weak”, and the “weak” beats become “strong”. Any drummer worth their salt should be able to anticipate or delay the strong beats of a groove without getting lost or veering from the beat. 

THE 8 WAYS…
So in this lesson I’ll give you a vital sheet of music showing you 8 ways to anticipate and delay the bass drum strokes in the Billie Jean groove. This page of music is so important I guarantee you’ll keep coming back to it time and time again. I promise you’ll be a better drummer for having these grooves down.

ANTICIPATE AND DELAYING 8TH NOTES
Each time you will be moving the bass drum strokes either forwards or backwards by an 8th note. Get to know how it feels to move the strong beats (beats 1 and 3) on to what we call the “&s”. Being able to play these grooves over the “Billie Jean” track will open the door to many, many more grooves.

CAN YOU IDENTIFY SONGS WHICH USE THESE GROOVES
It’s a fun exercise to listen out for these grooves in your favourite songs so you have reference point for how each one sounds. #1 can be heard on You Shook Me All Night Long by AC/DC. A great example of #4 is on Queen’s “Hammer To Fall”. And all the way down the bottom of the sheet is #7, which happens to be the opening few bars of Bruno Mars' “Locked Out Of Heaven”. What others can you think of?

CONNECT
Write a comment below if you can think of some good example. As ever, let me know how you are getting on! I hope to hear from you soon! Happy practicing!