How Six Seconds from 1969 Changed Music History.

I recently developed an interest in Jungle and Drum ‘n’ Bass. Specifically, the playing of said styles on the acoustic kit, as freakishly demonstrated by the likes of Johnny Rabb and Jojo Mayer.

Part of this education was learning of two of the most sampled grooves in recent history. One being from The Funky Drummer by James Brown, and the other from Amen, Brother by The Winstons. One reason these grooves were sampled so much is that they were two rare songs with a clean, unadulterated drum feature right in the middle of the track.

The following video explains the rise of the sampled groove, with a focus on the Amen Break, a 6-second sample of drum break in the middle of the song, Amen Brother.

I guess it’s the intellectual in me, but I sat through the entire 20 minutes absolutely fascinated.
It’s amazing to realize that such a widely used sample came from the B-side to a Grammy Award-winning single. From little things, big things grow…

It’s a relatively easy groove to learn. Here’s the notation if you want to get it under your hands. Don’t forget the crash at the end of the 4th bar!

When you play it, try to inject some Happy into the groove. Keep it light and bright!

I’ve already programmed it into my drum machine and played around with it. Let me know what you think!


~ by Tim on February 27, 2010.

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