By Terence Higgins Originally Published In DRUM! Magazine's November 2009 Issue
The term “linear drumming” simply means when playing a groove or fill, no two limbs hit at the same time. This approach adds a lilting factor to the groove and makes it more interesting and funky. To me this is just a textbook term for the funky drumming of Joseph “Zigaboo” Modeliste of The Meters, who in my opinion wrote the book on New Orleans funk. His linear approach, combined with other second-line characteristics, is which a primary component of New Orleans-style drumming. Here are a few Zigaboo-inspired linear funk patterns that have assisted me in laying down the funk. Time to get Meter-ized!
Terence Higgins is a long-standing member of the legendary Dirty Dozen Brass Band and one of New Orleans’ funkiest drummers, specializing in second line, funk, and R&B. He also leads his own funk band, Swampgrease. http://www.swampgrease.com