If you aren’t a drummer, you might not know the term “The Purdie Shuffle.” If you are a drummer and haven’t heard the term, your teacher is an idiot, and I’m accepting new students.
Bernard Purdie is known among drummers as one of the greatest players of all time. His feel and timing are unmatched, and his history as a musician is pretty ridiculous. He recorded over two dozen albums with Aretha Franklin, some of the most important Steely Dan tracks, and sat in with everyone from Miles Davis and Louis Armstrong to Nina Simone and Marvin Gaye. He is the solid backbeat on Hall & Oates’ “She’s Gone” and the ferocious bounce on James Brown’s “Sex Machine.”
Bernard Purdie is more than just a groove, though; he is a hilarious and interesting personality. As an instructor he made an amazing video that is understandable to everyone. In it he explains his famous groove while playing through it. This might sound boring, but his eccentricity and vocal cues are amazing and hilarious.
He will use a few technical terms, but don’t let this scare you. The musicians reading this will understand what half, quarter, eighth, and sixteenth notes mean. If you aren’t a musician, those basically go from the slowest note to the fastest (I’ll explain that with more depth in our first lesson). Take 5 minutes out of your day to see one of my favorite drum videos that anyone can enjoy!