The Half-Time Shuffle
Variations on One of Drumming’s Slinkiest Grooves
by Dave Beyer
The half-time shuffle is a signature beat for some of the most legendary drummers in history. Guys like Bernard Purdie, John Bonham, and Jeff Porcaro are all considered masters of this feel. Let’s take a look at how each of these players customized the groove, and then we’ll check out a few other variations to round out your own half-time shuffle.
Be sure to check out the April 2013 issue of Modern Drummer for transcriptions and additional insight into this classic groove.