Funk Drumming Masterclass with Dennis Chambers


“Funk to me is a way of life. It’s an attitude, way of living, way of walking, the way you talk. You know…soul.”

Dennis Chambers is back at the Drumeo Studio (he was last here in 2017) to film another full length drum lesson and a ton of legendary course material for Drumeo members (check it out here with a FREE 7-day trial:

Since his last visit, he’s recovered from a liver transplant, a house fire and the pandemic, so he’s glad to be back and doing what he loves.

In this lesson, you’ll see Chambers play through some Funkadelic, John Scofield and James Brown (all artists he’s worked with) and learn about his approach to funk drumming.

About Dennis:
Dennis Chambers is a drumming legend who has recorded and performed with artists such as Santana, Steely Dan, Parliament/Funkadelic, John Scofield, The Jacksons, The Brecker Brothers, Victor Wooten, Mike Stern, and many others. Dennis is mostly known for his ability to perform with impeccable and funky timing in virtually any style, as well as his fast chops – but he’s perhaps most noted for his jazz-fusion, funk, and Latin music playing.

Lesson Index:
0:00 – SONG: “(Not Just) Knee Deep” by Funkadelic
3:06 – Introduction
7:58 – SONG: “So You Say” by John Scofield
12:22 – Breaking down the cowbell groove
13:50 – SONG: “Pick Hits” by John Scofield
17:35 – The fatback groove (check out the course)
24:10 – SONG: “I Got The Feeling” by James Brown
26:50 – What he learned playing with Parliament-Funkadelic
30:00 – What is funk?
32:47 – SONG: “One Nation Under A Groove” by Funkadelic

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