We Want the Funk: 1975 / 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover

March 15, 2011 4:08 pm in Drumset by Web Team



A Journey Through
the History of R&B Drumming

Presented by Zoro, this series of video lessons features some of the grooves that charted the course of drumming history – starting in the 1940s when shuffles ruled the airwaves, through the dawning of drum-machine inspired hip-hop beats in the late 1970s. This weeks’ groove features a funky beat recorded by the legendary Steve Gadd in 1975 with Paul Simon: “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover.”

Watch Zoro’s video lesson on this great groove!


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Zoro (SZ)
An enlarged HD4 with a barrel tip for great tone while grooving on the cymbals and hi-hat.
L = 16 3/8" | Dia. = .555  [enlarge photo]


Watch an old video of Steve Gadd explaining his groove:


And a more recent video of Steve performing the groove with Paul Simon:


Don’t miss all the great videos of Steve on his Vic Firth artist feature!


Steve Gadd (SSG)
Barrel tip for a great recording sound. Available in wood or nylon tip.
L = 15 3/4" | Dia. = .550"  [enlarge photo]



Zoro is an internationally known rock star and the consummate definition of the rare man who marches to the beat of a different drum. One of the world’s most renowned and respected drummers, he has toured and recorded with Lenny Kravitz, Bobby Brown, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, The New Edition, Jody Watley, Sean Lennon, Philip Bailey, Lisa Marie Presley, among many others.

Zoro’s worldwide appeal is evident from his numerous awards and accolades. He is consistently voted “#1 R&B Drummer & Educator” in Modern Drummer, Drum! and Rhythm Magazines. The author of several books, his current work-in-progress is destined to provide inspiration to readers of all ages for the fulfillment of dreams.

The “Minister of Groove” has been the subject of dozens of print, radio and television stories for more than two decades.

He has been described as tenacious, dedicated, and passionate – qualities that stand out to anyone who crosses his path. Not your stereotypical rock star, Zoro is a positive role model whose example of hard work and clean living has served as an inspiration to generations.

Don’t miss Zoro’s artist feature, including clips from his performance at the 2005 Modern Drummer Festival and our exclusive video interview!

For more information, visit Zoro online at www.zorothedrummer.com

About “The Commandments of R&B Drumming” Series:

Available from Alfred Music Publishing, “The Commandments of R&B Drumming” series is a historical and in-depth study of R&B drumming, from the early years of rhythm and blues of the 1940s to soul to funk to hip-hop. Here are the products in this highly acclaimed series:

Loaded with history, photos, graphics, exercises and transcriptions, “The Commandments of Early Rhythm & Blues Drumming” brings to live a little-known, but highly influential, period of drumming history that paved the way for all the modern styles heard on the airwaves today – and includes the most comprehensive guide to shuffle playing ever written! Winner of the 2009 Book of the Year in Drum! magazine’s reader’s poll. 


The original book in the series, The Commandments of R&B Drumming” is an in-depth, historical study of early soul, funk and rock ‘n roll – from the late 1950s through the beginnings of hip-hop in the 1990s. With 160 pages, Zoro covers every imaginable angle, nook and cranny of R&B drumming. Voted the #1 educational drum book in the world by Modern Drummer Magazine’s reader’s poll. 


Featuring 14 of the funkiest tunes in significant sub-genres like gospel, blues, soul, funk, go-go, new jack swing, and hip-hop, “The Commandments of R&B Play-Along” package chronologically documents the evolution of R&B drumming from the 1950s through the late 90s. The CD includes original songs by R&B legends such as James Brown, The Meters, Aretha Franklin, and Janet Jackson. 


In the award winning “Commandments of R&B Drumming” DVD, Zoro brings his intense passion for funky music to life with a very in depth and entertaining look at the history of Rhythm & Blues music and drummers. His unique presentation delves into the evolution of R&B drumming by demonstrating grooves that span a 100-year timeline, from gospel and New Orleans, to funk and hip hop. A must have for drummers who are serious about groove!!