April 2013
Rock Perspectives

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.