by Jim Rilko
Linear funk is a style of drumming that enables the individual to approach their drum set from a different angle on the styles of funk.
A typical funk pattern might look like this:
Notice that the left hand, right hand, and bass drum are all played by themselves with no two hitting at the same time. The left hand plays on the snare, heavily accenting the designated notes and lightly gracing the snare with the unaccented ones. The right plays the hi-hat or ride. And the bass drum is placed between the two hands at different parts of the measure giving this beat a very smooth feel.