Chad Smith: Embellishing Slow Funk

Practicing at a bunch of different tempos is great for control. Slow funk is one way I change it up, and when you’re doing it its great to work on little embellishments to your main beat. These exercises are examples of how I might take a simple slow funk groove, like in Ex. 1, and spice it up with tasty additions, like changing up the kick drum, adding hi-hat flourishes, or little buzz strokes on the snare just to try and build up the beat into something that’ll make you want to move!

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