The half-time shuffle is one the most important groove to know, you can hear this groove in a great variety of songs from r&b to rock, jazz-rock, and pop music. I transcribed some important grooves with this feel, enjoy.
The master of this groove is Bernard Purdie with his work with Steely Dan. His incredible feel would be adopted by John Bonham on “Fool in the Rain” and late Jeff Porcaro created a compromise between John Bonham and Bernard Purdie groove with the “Rosanna Shuffle” for the famous tune “Rosanna” by Toto.
Check out the amazing and crazy Bernard Purdie 🙂
Below there’s a list of songs with this feel, to know more about I recommend the book The Commandments of the Half-Time Shuffle by Zoro.
- Steely Dan – Home at Last youtube.com/watch?v=cGMjGaiIxtY
- Steely Dan – Babylon Sisters youtube.com/watch?v=pAuPMJlK92s
- Toto – Rosanna youtube.com/watch?v=BvB08PoUlIc
- “Rosanna” (only drums) youtube.com/watch?v=DQ-gfb6nUus
- Led Zeppelin – Fool in the Rain youtube.com/watch?v=d52M5M6OOXs
- “Fool in the Rain” (only drums) youtube.com/watch?v=14GYov0EdyQ
- Al Jarreau – Mornin’ youtube.com/watch?v=Ld8ICOf8Crs
- Ed Motta – Samurai youtube.com/watch?v=jGufl0-h1WM
- Ray Charles – Sweet Potato Pie youtube.com/watch?v=tvEcQoMEvNQ
- Paul Simon – Oh Marion youtube.com/watch?v=Srvj6cBhDAs
- Death Cab for Cutie – Gravepine Fires: youtube.com/watch?v=gQEi6HU3E0M