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Omar Hakim groove

Saturday, April 21st, 2007

This is the opening day groove for Respect the Groove. This came from a tape of what I believe is Kazumi Watanabe with Omar Hakim This is the main groove of Molasses Run from the Weather Report Procession album. I first heard this on a tape that my friend Nathan Norman gave me many years ago. It’s still one of my favorite grooves. Thanks, Nathan!

I’ve found that you get the best feel when you emphasize the beats on the hi-hat. Also, adding ghost notes on the snare will help move it along too. And although Omar plays the two accented snare hits on beat four in the first measure with the left hand, I like the extra bite you get from using your right hand to play it. How about you? Let me know which works best for you.