Jim Payne

Modern Drummer Education Team Member Jim Payne

[MDEdTop]Jim Payne has performed with Maceo Parker, Fred Wesley, Pee Wee Ellis, Michael Brecker, and Dave Liebman, as well as with his own group, the Jim Payne Band. A respected historian of funk and R&B drumming, Payne has authored several classic books on the subject, including Give The Drummers Some: The Great Drummers of R&B, Funk & Soul, Funk Drumming; Advanced Funk Drumming: A Progressive Approach to Modern Drumset Grooves; and 100 Famous Funk Beats. He also wrote Drumming With the Mambo King and Tito Puente: King of Latin Music. Jim currently teaches an online course on R&B and funk drumming for Berklee College of Music. For more info, visit

Here is the first part of an article series based on Jim’s book Advanced Funk Drumming.

“Advanced Funk Drumming In Depth, Part 1: Four Types Of Ghost Notes”—Dec. ’09