Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Groove o' the day: Whipping Post

Extraordinarily busy this week, but there's always time for a groove o' the day, so here's Whipping Post, by the Allman Brothers. Butch Trucks and Jaimoe Johnson are on drums, apparently playing basically in unison.

The opening, in 11/8. I was too rushed to include a key, but you should be able to figure it out by now.

The second time through the 11/8 section:

On the verse and solo is an unusual 6/8 groove— just double this up if you want to count it in 12/8. The cymbal part is played on the ride; the bass drum notes in parentheses are optional.

On the chorus there's a more standard 12/8 rock feel, with fills every measure.

Audio after the break:

And here's a fun rendition of the song played by Zappa's band, with Chad Wackerman on the drums:

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