The famous ‘Funky Drummer’ beat: How to make it groove? [Finger drumming tutorial]


– In this video, I’m gonna teach you how to play the famous Funky Drummer beat and I’m gonna give you a few tips on how to make it sound and groove a little more like the real thing Coming up. (drumming beats) Okay, I’m gonna play the whole
thing for you very slowly and after this we’re gonna break up the whole thing into smaller chunks. Right, here it is. (drumming beats) Okay, so that’s the whole pattern slowly and now we’re gonna break
it up into little chunks, so we can more easily learn it. Right, here’s the first part. (drumming beats) That’s the first part (drumming beats) and now the second part. (drumming beats) That’s the second part (drumming beats) and then the final part (drumming beats) and then this is the one of the new loop, (drumming beats) okay, here’s the whole thing again. (drumming beats) Okay, so if you practice all the chunks, you add them together
and then you practice the whole pattern and
then you speed it up, you should be able to play something that approaches the Funky Drummer beat, but it will probably not sound as good and there’s a few reasons for this and the first reason is very obvious, it’s just very hard to
play this thing well, I needed like 30 takes to
get kind of in the ballpark of where I wanted it to be
and if you’re a beginner or if you’re not a super
experienced drummer or finger drummer, for that matter and you try and play this thing, it’s gonna be pretty confronting on how hard it actually is to groove, to really groove on the pads. You know, obviously if you play this thing and it doesn’t sound like
the real deal right away, don’t get discouraged, I
mean, learning an instrument, learning how to play takes a lot of time, learning how to become a great
drummer takes a lot of time and there’s a few tips
that I can give you, that you can focus on, while
practicing this groove. So the first step is you learn the pattern and you have to be able to
play the pattern by heart, without thinking too much, because if you’re still thinking about what finger to use where, you don’t have the room in your
head to focus on the groove. So once you’ve got the pattern down, and that might take a few
days or a few weeks, whatever, you try and focus on the groove, so you set your metronome
to a comfortable tempo, I suggest something like
72 BPM or something, but the real thing is 96
BPM, but that’s very fast and if you start practicing a groove, it’s usually wise to
start a little slower, so you can have more
space between the notes and therefore you can focus on
your timing a little better. So you start playing and
you try and play along to the metronome and
if you cannot do that, then that’s definitely something
you have to practice first, so once you’ve practiced that, you might be able to
record yourself and listen and see if you think it’s
grooving already and probably, even if you’re playing
along to the metronome, it still won’t be that groovy, so what you do then is you
have to try and play the beat and I would focus on those
first two left-hand hi-hat hits, because for me, when I
listened back to myself, that was the point, I would always kind of deviate a bit from the
path like this, like, (drumming beats) there,
(drumming beats) those hits, (drumming beats) ’cause like it was easy to
get those boom booms right, but the problem for me was situated in the notes between those hits, (drumming beats) those were fine, but,
(drumming beats) those were a bit inconsistent or sloppy and then I focused on
getting those two right, then I moved through the pattern that way, where I would for example focus on, (drumming beats) that snare thing, make that nice, (drumming beats) you know, really focus, like get that really, really
tight and into the pocket, so if you do that, you move
through the groove that way and you try and focus on
small parts of the groove and try and improve those, then you will notice a
big improvement over time. I cannot promise you’ll be able to play like Clyde Stubblefield
within a few weeks, but just try and record yourself, when you’re just starting
out practicing this thing and then put those
recordings next to each other and see how much you’ve improved, I think you’ll probably improve a lot. And finally I have a few
sound tips that I can give you to make playing this whole
thing a little easier, I’ve set my hi-hat curve,
velocity curve a little different and I set my snare velocity
curve a little different and I set up a different snare sound for this pad and this pad, okay, so here’s the velocity curve of my hi-hat, (drumming beats) and what this does is it actually makes it pretty impossible to
play a very soft note, it only makes it possible to play a loud note and a softer note, but not a loud and a very soft note, so that it’s basically inaudible and it makes it a little easier to have this consistent
hi-hat thing going on and this is the snare settings that I used and as you can see, I have
actually topped the snare off, so the loudest velocity layer
of the snare is not used, because I think in playing
this whole pattern, that doesn’t sound right,
so I topped it off, so if I hit the snare very loudly, you don’t hear it at a full
bam, like super loud snare hit, which is good for this pattern and what I did then was I set this pad to a shallow snare hit and this pad to a rimshot, so therefore you get
this little snappy sound, this is a more superficial
sound, which is good, because the ghost notes should sound a lot more like a shallow
hit, than a firm hit and so that’s what I did and if you set your sounds
that way, that will help. So if you have any more
questions, ask them below, I read and answer every
single one of them. If you’ve just got started
in finger drumming, make sure you check out some of the other videos on this channel or maybe visit my website
for the free beginner course, ’cause this is some pretty advanced stuff, but it might be a good thing, if you wanna challenge yourself and you think like,
“I’m just gonna do it,” do it, see you next week.