Here’s the drum transcription for “Waiting On the World to Change” by John Mayer from the album Continuum (2006) with Steve Jordan on drums. The note-for-note drum transcription is available for free.
The drum part is based essentially on one drum beat, consisting of two bars repeated for the entire tune with some variations. That is one of the most remarkable grooves played by Steve Jordan, a must-know for every drummer. The groove is played with a smooth 16th-note swing feel. From a construction point, the three main elements are the straight 8th note ride cymbal pattern, the bass drum part, and the snare with a variation on the second bar, which displaces the last backbeat on the upbeat. Some embellishments are added, such as the snare ghost note on the third beat and the left foot hi-hat part, which is clearly audible in the intro.
In the bridge section, Steve Jordan plays a groovy 8th-note drum beat on the hi-hat. Listening carefully, you can hear a subtle ghost note after the backbeat. Details make all the difference in elevating the groove.