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Bernard Purdie Explains Ghost Notes

October 19, 2009

This is how every musician should start off their week… The master Bernard Purdie breaks down drums, rhythm, and, of course, ghost notes.  It’s difficult to decide which is better, Purdie’s drumming or his commentary and reactions to the sounds.

Nothing is ever precise, it’s all about allowing your fingers to do the walking.

More video after the break!

[Respect to DJ Platurn for the heads up!]

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Oh Word TV – Drummer Bernard Purdie on Ghost Notes
October 25, 2009 at 6:14 pm

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Jason October 19, 2009 at 5:16 am

damn that mutha fucker can play. good looks for that 1


DP October 19, 2009 at 6:42 am

i knew the first video already
the second is genius also


tony traxx October 19, 2009 at 10:19 am

I got a thousand dollars that bernard will kill any of you niggas on an mpc.Great post semantic !


Chris October 19, 2009 at 11:04 am

This is pretty good, I really his approach and explanation. Very clear and progressive. Motivating as well.

You say it in the post, “It’s difficult to decide which is better, Purdie’s drumming or his commentary and reactions to the sounds.”

Totally agree. Great videos and great examples, great drummer.

- Chris


Krazy Grape October 19, 2009 at 1:31 pm

This is simply awesome, thanks for the post.


DJ. DJ October 19, 2009 at 3:06 pm

This is the coolest video you guys have ever posted.


Michael October 19, 2009 at 3:17 pm

I love his hat


Short Termasourus October 19, 2009 at 3:19 pm

Semantik, this is my favorite video you ever posted – does anybody know if Bernard Purdie is the guy talking about harmony on beggining of Quality Control by J5? Sounds like him..

I don’t know whats better either, the talking or the playing – how about that big ass gold ring he’s got? niiice…

this is pure gold


B.Dolla824 October 19, 2009 at 5:31 pm

Ohh my god, his face right at the end of the ghost notes video is priceless. “pshh pshh… yeah…”


Rafferty October 19, 2009 at 10:59 pm

daaaaamn, I want that ghost notes video projected on my livingroom wall at all times. His commentary is unbelievable.


IV October 20, 2009 at 3:27 am

cosign Raff

That’s such a hard rhythm to keep in the first place & then to be talking while holding the beat. whooooooooooooeeeeeee !

Great post Semantik


Semantik October 20, 2009 at 3:46 am

Glad everybody liked the vid… it’s definitely a rare gem.


Vj kado October 20, 2009 at 10:21 am

co-sign all, great vid


D-Marz October 20, 2009 at 11:08 pm

hahah oh my god that dude is awesome!!! His expressions and little sounds he makes had me laughing outta my seat!! HAHA dude has a really great soul….
Haha yeah and co-sign with B.Dolla824 on that last part at the end…. “Thats how I found my pshhhh pshhh” his face is soo priceless when he says that….


Wise October 21, 2009 at 1:22 pm

Dude is definitely RAW. WOW. He keeps a smile on his face the entire time. And who ever is playing the guitar and keys are killin it also in the second vid!


vangothahustla October 22, 2009 at 6:27 pm

Even with quantization, you can’t ever get a groove going like that. Probably the best drumming video especially with him keeping the time going. Genius.


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