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In funk music, there's often a lot of talk about playing on "the one", but what does it really mean??
In this video, legendary bassist, Bootsy Collins, explains how James Brown taught him how to play (or not play) on "the one" and take funk to the next level.
Bootsy gets into more detail about the "Funk Formula" in the video below:
This is a great reminder of how the "less is more" approach can have a huge impact on the feel of music. Get out of the way, stay funky and always remember "the one". Thank you, Bootsy.
One of the most iconic drum grooves in history is the halftime shuffle on Toto's hit song, "Rosanna", performed by the late, great Jeff Porcaro.
The internet had blessed us with this isolated drum track (along with isolated previews of all of the other instruments) from the original 1982 recording session. Sit back, close your eyes, and enjoy one of greatest drum beats ever recorded.
Here's Jeff Porcaro breaking down the Rosanna drum groove and giving a little history lesson about the source and inspiration:
In this 1981 interview with Jools Holland, Stewart Copeland gives us a quick history lesson about the backbeat of drums in popular music, starting with early jazz, to Motown to funk.
Taking things a step further, Stewart demonstrates how reggae music uses the backbeat and completely flips it "upside down", placing it on beat 3 with the kick drum.
Not only is this a great primer for the basis of reggae drumming, it also gives an inside look into how Stewart's own "style" has been heavily influenced by the music of the West Indies and South America.