Practice-Practice-Practice

Lately I’ve been obsessed with Toto’s “Rosanna.” In addition to being one of my favorite songs it’s also one of my favorite drum performances. The groove that Jeff Porcaro came up with is a hybrid between Bernard Purdie’s “Half-time Shuffle” and John Bonham’s “Fool in the Rain.” It’s a perfect example of the effectiveness of ghost notes and it’s maddening to most drummers. I’ve spent hours and hours trying to nail down this arrangement and I still lose it after a few bars. Here’s Jeff breaking down the beat. (You can download an entire PDF of the song over at Nick’s Drum Lessons.)

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