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  • Groove of the Month: The Push Groove by Rich Redmond

    by Rhythm Scene Staff | May 14, 2022

    The “Push Groove” is based on a simple dotted-quarter/eighth-note rhythm that is very common in popular music. This rhythm is the first part of the clave rhythm, the first part of the Bo Diddley beat, and a rhythm that is also found extensively in Latin American music. It even informed a dance during the 1920s called the Charleston. In modern music-making, it can be found in everything from rock to pop to hip-hop and even country. This feel is always an option I offer in the Nashville studios to bring songs to life.

    By changing accent patterns that utilize various parts of the stick (shank and tip), we can create different feels and energies with the same beat. Be sure to experiment with this as well as with the colors on the drums like cross-sticks, playing in the middle of the snare drum, rimshots, loose hi-hats, etc. Be sure to practice with a metronome or loop. Make the groove feel great at its most basic form before adding crashes and fills. Also, experiment with playing a wide variety of tempos and dynamic levels. Enjoy!

    Redmond Push-Groove

    Rich RedmondRich Redmond has been the touring/recording drummer with multi-platinum country rocker Jason Aldean for over two decades. With Aldean, Rich has recorded 30 number-one hits and plays to millions of fans per year around the globe. Rich has also performed with Garth Brooks, Ludacris, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Bryan Adams, Bob Seger, Chris Cornell, Joe Perry, Jewel, Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, and many other top performers. Rich was voted “Country Drummer of the Year” many years in a row by Modern Drummer magazine, and DRUM! magazine voted Rich one of the “Top 60 Rock Drummers of All Time.” Rich is also a busy speaker, host, educator, author, and actor. More information is available at


  • Groove of the Month: Linear Sixteenths by Nick Costa

    by Rhythm Scene Staff | Apr 08, 2022

    From Steve Gadd on “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover” to George Daniel on the 1975’s “The City,” drummers play in a linear fashion to create new and unique drum patterns. Even grooves tapped out on drum machines including “I’m Not Real” by Mac Miller or Run-DMC’s “Sucker MC’s” have funky, linear grooves that makes listeners bob their head. Playing linear drums means that no two parts of the kit are played at the same time, and in this lesson, you will learn a linear groove in a sixteenth-note subdivision.

    Although the groove is only one measure long, let’s break it down into two parts. Part 1 is based off the kick, right, left (or kick, left, right if you play left hand lead) linear pattern. Notice the first time through the pattern your hands are on the hi-hat, then move to the snare for the second time. The last two sixteenth notes are on the hi-hat and kick drum.

    Costa 16th Example 1

    Part 2 alternates, first between the kick and hi-hat, then between the snare and hi-hat.


    Costa 16th Example 2

    Once you get both patterns down, piece them together. Take it one step further by opening the hi-hat on the & of beat 2, then close it again on beat 3.

    Costa 16th Example 3

    Now it’s time to change it up! Experiment by shifting your hands around the kit to change up the groove. Here are just a few examples to get you started:

    Costa 16th Example 4

    Costa 16th Example 5

    Costa 16th Example 6
    Now that you have this down, here are a few songs that feature linear drumming. Give them a listen and try to learn the parts.

    “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover” —Paul Simon
    “The City” —The 1975
    “I’m Not Real” —Mac Miller
    “Sucker MC’s” —Run DMC
    “Sade” —The Sweetest Taboo
    “Cissy Strut” (A Section) —The Meters
    “RX Queen” —Deftones
    “Satisfaction” —Devo
    “Jack and Diane” (famous drum break) —John Cougar Mellencamp
    “Fever” —St. Brendan (this exact groove)

    Nick CostaNick Costa
    is an educator based out of Philadelphia, a National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) candidate, and a member of the PAS Drum Set Committee. He is also an independent drummer, clinician, and drum technician, with both national and international touring experience. Nick’s primary focus as an educator is in drum set, and teaches over 150 students weekly throughout the greater Philadelphia region. He has provided ways to integrate drum set studies into K–12 music curriculum for the School District of Philadelphia, and was a consultant for the Pennsylvania Department of Education as they created and implemented the current state-wide “Modern Band” curriculum. Nick has written and recorded lessons for Modern Drummer magazine, PAS Rhythm! Scene, and is an active session musician engineering and recording drum tracks remotely from his studio. For more information, visit

  • Groove of the Month: Oladipo by Kent Aberle

    by Rhythm Scene Staff | Mar 21, 2022

    Over my many years as a professional drummer, a few artists had a game-changing effect on my playing. One was the late, great father of Afrofunk: Fela Kuti and his amazing drummer Tony “Oladip” Allen. Fela’s music and Tony’s drumming were hypnotic the first time I heard them play. It became a staple in my practice methods. I would often turn the heat up in my drum studio to 90 degrees or more in order to capture the vibe of playing at The Afrika Shrine in Nigeria in the ’70s: hot, muggy, and full of love. Songs like “Water No Get Enemy” and “Confusion” at a whopping 25 minutes long not only challenged my physical abilities to hold down the groove but more importantly the control over my mental space. It’s a meditation that when practiced properly can propel your physical drumming ability as well as your confidence when it comes to performing and improving.

    The groove for this month is one that includes consistent, relaxed movement of all four limbs. By using all four limbs, your mind is allowed to drift towards what many runners would call the “runner’s high.”  The secret is staying very relaxed.

    GOTM Oladipo


    In the video, I’m playing a gajate bracket and woodblock with my left foot. I highly recommend trying it. The different sound from your left foot helps grow your musicality and the creative communication from your brain to your left foot, which is by far the last thing most of use in a creative form. If you don’t have a woodblock, use your hi-hat, employing a basic heal/hat splash movement that when done on the woodblock or kick pedal creates a double. Remember, stay relaxed and focus on how you feel. Imagine you are lightly jogging and shaking your arms loosely.  Let your mind flow. 

    Kent AberleKent Aberle
    is a first-call drummer from Atlanta, Georgia currently performing and recording with a number of artists including The Swear, Darling Machine, R.AH. (Ross.Aberle.Hollifield), Michelle Malone, Kristian Bush, and others. He is the owner and engineer/producer of Here Be Dragons Recording in Atlanta. Kent has over 30 years of international touring experience including China, Japan, Australia, Canada, and others. Kent has performed on The Conan O'Brien Show, The Today Show, The Talk, Austin City Limits, and The Grand Ole Opry.

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