This is a groove that pops up on a weekly basis in the studio realm. It’s also a groove that you might think, “oh that one’s easy!” Well maybe on the surface, but it’s one that if it’s not pulled off in the correct way, you’ll hear it and you’ll hear it from the engineer. They will be the ones that will have to move the kick or the snare to get the ‘flams’ out. And with today’s digital audiophile cleanness in the sound, you hear everything. Drums are more out front now than ever, so the flams will stick out like a sore thumb.
Tunes to check out with this groove are ones such as “Who wouldn’t wanna be me” by Keith Urban. Chris McHugh pulls this off beautifully. His 4 on the floor groove is a textbook in how to play it. Another really cool tune to check out is “Eye in the Sky” by Alan Parsons project, drums by Stuart Elliot. Another favorite Ricky Skaggs tune that is a great 4 on the floor to practice to is “You’ve got a Lover” drums by the great Jerry Kroon. Recently, “I need you Now” by Lady Antebellum was a huge hit, Chad Cromwell played an amazing track on this one.
This pocket is really fun, but it’s more challenging than you think. Don’t take it for granted. What are some of your fav 4 on the floor tunes?