It took me some time to appreciate the genius of Steve Gadd’s drumming. When I started out on the drums, I was into flashy drumming. It wasn’t until I realized that flashy drumming doesn’t pay the bills and most bands aren’t looking for those drummers, that I got into Steve Gadd. Gadd has a deep groove, always plays in the pocket, and uses rudiments all over the set. There are many lessons to learn from Gadd, especially about playing and how to be a successful drummer in the music industry. I found a few YouTube videos that shows some of Gadd’s musical background, a rudiment lesson, and a feature of him playing a heavy groove. Enjoy!
The first video I found features some of Gadd’s musical past. See it here at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9Tay0usGLc.
One of the drum rudiments that Steve Gadd is known to use is the paradiddle. This next video features a paradiddle groove from Gadd. It’s a tough lesson to learn, but will definitely pay off. Check it out now at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wl4DKmbfDyk.
You’ll hear a lot about playing “In the pocket” from me and other professional drummers. Gadd is a master at playing drums in the pocket. See this video of a Gadd pocket groove at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrQINFkoGAk&feature=related.
All of the videos you have seen in this post so far feature Steve Gadd teaching and playing alone. There are also a lot of videos out there of him playing with bands as well. These videos are the best way to observe the master groove and feel of Steve Gadd. I found a video of him playing in 1976 that features a great drum solo. Check it out now at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4M1bEYHJJA8&feature=related.
Steve Gadd is just one of the great drummers that has built a successful career in the music industry. Check back in at http://playdrumsbyear.net/ for more posts soon.