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Jose Pasillas: 6 Grooves You Should Know

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6. “Live Wire” from The Meters by The Meters
I like the snare stuff Zigaboo Modeliste does — it’s just full of ghost notes. It’s got a sweet groove that’s in between a swing and a shuffle, kind of like that New Orleans sort of feel. I haven’t seen him play this song, but I imagine when he’s doing those ghost notes, he’s probably moving his right hand between the hi-hat and the snare drum. That’s what I have to do when I try to play that groove. The way he places the beat with the rhythm totally makes sense, but I would have never thought of how he places stuff. It’s so unorthodox without being gratuitous.

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