Bobby Z.- Drums
It might be Hi Hat, might be synth playing the 16th. Ive seen live versions with the drummer playing 16th on the Hi Hat. Fast, driving, hand claps on a drum pad...this track isn't difficult rhythmically, but the tempo can be hard to keep up with for the entire song.
I Wanna Be Your Lover
I love the simplicity and tightness of the 4 bar phrase here. The drums are a driving force behind this dance hit.
Marr Starr, Aaron Keith-- Drums
The kick and snare are very consistent throughout, but the hi hat varies over the course of the song. Here are 4 of examples with Hi Hat variations. Try using double (RRLL, LLRR) or paradiddle stickings. (RLRL LRLL)
The snare is displaced to the & of 2 on this one. I love the Cobham style fills later in the song, around 1:55.
Following in the tradition of James Brown's "Superbad", on this track the snare is played on the 1 and & of 2.
Sign O' The Times
A fast kick drum, sparse HH pattern, and snare on the backbeat make up this groove. Try adding the tambourine around 1:27.