In this visit back to basics, I took the grooves from Part 1 and now play them as a shuffle. Personally I feel shuffles aren’t understood enough by younger generations and are very important in developing one’s feel. The most important thing is to pulsate triplets when you’re playing these grooves. Try not to straighten them out. Remember, in a shuffle, the hi-hat plays on the first and third note of the triplet. Try to find some songs that use these grooves to better understand them. Many can be found in Stevie Ray Vaughn tunes with Chris Layton on drums.
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