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Today we cover one of the pillars of drum grooves, and one of my personal favorites – “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover” from Paul Simon’s album, Still Crazy After All These Years. You can’t throw a rock into a room full of drummers and not hit one who has not at least heard of this groove. Not only is the “50 Ways” groove smooth, and laid back, but it’s deceptively simple. Mr. Gadd makes it looks so easy, and while it’s not the most challenging groove, mechanically, the challenge is all in making it sound great.
Note: the backing track used in this video was used for educational purposes only.
We’ve provided the transcription of the groove as well as a practice track to play along with. Note that the practice track isn’t exactly the music from the Paul Simon original (we don’t have the coin to distribute that!), but it’s certainly close enough to groove along to!
Steve Gadd: In Session should win some kind of prize for honesty and plainspokenness in the category of drum instructional videos over thirty years in age, because that’s all you get with In Session. Steve Gadd giving session advice from in session interviews and just straight up doing session work. That’s it. That’s not a bad thing, but if you were expecting something that isn’t “Steve Gadd giving session advice from in session interviews and just straight up doing session work” then you’re looking in the wrong place. And yes, I did just quote myself and use italics unnecessarily. Continue..
Sadly, the good people at TRAPS Magazine have decided to cease production of the magazine. The parent publication, DRUM!, will continue, but it looks like the TRAPS experiment can’t weather a tough economy. This is a shame. TRAPS was a fine publication that really set the bar for in-depth drumming/music journalism. We’ve given TRAPS the love on the show before and we will miss them.