Sometimes StLJN's weekly Music Education Monday" feature deals with broad topics, and sometimes, things get very specific - like today's video lesson from famed session drummer Bernard Purdie, which is all about how to play the beat known as the Purdie Shuffle."
Produced by Drumeo.com, the video shows Purdie himself explaining and demonstrating the distinctive half-time funk feel he played on Steely Dan's Home at Last" and Babylon Sisters," which since has been approximated or imitated on recordings by Toto, Death Cab For Cutie, and numerous others.
You can grab a .pdf of a basic transcription here, courtesy of OnlineDrummer.com. For some more tips on how to play the Purdie Shuffle, consult this .pdf of an article by drummer Jim Payne, originally published in 2010 Modern Drummer magazine, in which he breaks the beat down into component parts and devises a practice routine with exercises for each.
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