Video Quick Tip – Drums: Left Hand Ghost Note Funk Ostinato

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Gary Ferguson teaches funk drums at LA Music Academy College of Music. After his first recording at the age of 17 with Shirley Bassey, Gary Ferguson began touring in the mid-70’s with Etta James, Olivia Newton-John and Cher. Since then, he has also toured/recorded with Eddie Money, Ray Charles, Glenn Hughes, Jim Messina, Roberta Flack, Yoko Ono, David Benoit, Les Dudek, Michelle Phillips, Bette Midler, Susanna Hoffs, Charlie Sexton, Billy Preston, Melissa Manchester, John Hiatt, the New Radicals, Stevie Nicks, Lani Hall, Larry Carlton, Steve Lukather, Edgar Winter, James Ingram, Billy Bob Thornton, K.D. Lang, Pat Benatar, Ben Folds, and many more. In 2000, he performed on the Women Rock Lifetime television special, featuring Sheryl Crow, Emmylou Harris, The Dixie Chicks and more. Gary has also recorded on many film and jingle dates and has also contributed tracks to the GarageBand Drum Libraries.

In this video, Funk Drum Instructor Gary Ferguson demonstrates a very useful left hand ghost note ostinato for funk drumming. For more info, visit

-LAMA Staff

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2 responses to “Video Quick Tip – Drums: Left Hand Ghost Note Funk Ostinato”

  1. Dau says :

    Thanks, Charlie. I don't know soul like you do, but this dtfeniiely seems like the right vein to focus on. I'm not a fan of contemporary soul/R&B. I agree with you regarding the hard funk, although I really like some doo wop and some of the girl group stuff too (although not the main Motown strain). There's a great collection of girl group stuff on Rhino Records called “One Kiss Leads to Another.” And there are some good doo wop collections too.

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