This is a great lick that looks pretty simple on paper, but it sounds amazing when blazed! I stumbled upon it on YouTube, where master drummer and teacher, John Riley, was demonstrating it at a clinic.
Have a look at the video:
John plays the lick very slowly in the video; slow enough that you can really see what it is. However, there is no notation provided.
That’s where I come in. Below, is a PDF with Nasty Lick 122, written out, note-for-note, with the sticking included. Here’s the link: Nasty Lick 122
By the way, the original video of the Chaka Khan soundcheck is below. Have a look; there are many more great ideas there.
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Lisa Valentino says
Mark: Am I correct? Didn’t you mention that you studied with John Riley? I like this lick because it is relatively simple, but great sounding when up to speed. Not that I can play it up to speed.
Mark Feldman says
I did study with John a bunch. I agree with you that this lick is sort of simple, but yes, it sounds amazing when up to speed! In fact, when fast, it’s a real killer.