“One of the most classic songs on the drums is Tower of Power’s ‘What Is Hip?’ with the great David Garibaldi on drums,” says Gregg Bissonette via the video studio at DrumChannel.com.


“David pioneered linear funk drumming, meaning that no two limbs are hitting the drums at the same time. There are tons of cool beats within the song, but [the one transcribed below] is one of my favorites. The first drum lesson I took in L.A. was with David. After about three hours, I asked him what I owed him, and he said, ‘Look, you’re new in town. Just buy me pizza sometime.’ That’s the kind of guy David is.”