Poor Spanky has been the subject of more photoshop shenanigans than he deserves. Just for being killing. This week, I bring you two things I invented that Spanky would hopefully smile on.
This past year, I've gravitated toward two "sounds" a lot: first-two-triplets, and kick-drum polyphony. The latter means instead of using the standard palette of kick/cymbal, snare/cymbal, anything goes. Kick/snare. Kick/floor tom. (Sean Wright inspired some of this at NAMM, too.) The only rule is it's clean and intentional.
The first of this week's licks is a first-two triplet thing you can throw in to make a groove funkier.
The second is a five-note fill that sounds fresh, but is still grooving.
Hope you enjoy!