Beat Breakdown #12- Richard Spaven - Show Me What You Got (feat. Jordan Rakei)

What are we learning?
In this episode of Beat Breakdown, we’ll be looking at the groove to one of Richard Spaven’s latest collaborations with Jordan Rakei- Show Me What You Got, from the album Real Time. Richard Spaven is one of the best drummers to come out of London and has been a firm favourite of mine for a long time, so I’m always stoked to notate one of his grooves!

Break it down.
I’ve been teaching a lot of students recently about using ghost notes in grooves and really mastering the different dynamics between ghost notes and accents. This tune is the perfect example of where those subtle differences can make a big impact on the feel of what you are playing! The beat to Show Me What You Got is a classic back beat pattern with snares on ‘2’ and ‘4’ and hip hop inspired ghost notes filling in the space between the ride cymbal 8th notes. The groove remains the same throughout, with the addition of an occasional extra accent to highlight section changes, so this ones all about really locking in with Spaven and focusing on your time, feel and dynamics.

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Notation: Beat Breakdown - Richard Spaven - Show Me What You Got (feat. Jordan Rakei)

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