Constant Note Values In 3/4 Double Kick Grooves

Playing 8th and 16th note rolls on the feet in 3/4 grooves with various groove construction ideas on top.

In this lesson you will continue developing the idea of using Constant Double Kick rhythms in groove, this time focusing on patterns in the time signature of 3/4. Before starting this lesson it may be helpful to look over some 3/4 Grooves, the lesson linked above in 4/4 and some of our Double Kick Exercises.

In each of the examples a one bar groove has been shown with both eighth and 16th note double kick parts. When playing grooves that use a lot of double kick it is worth remembering that the left foot can no longer hold down the hi hat pedal, which rules out the option of using a closed hi hat. There are devices such as drop clutches and remote hi hats that work around this problem but for now the right hand will be placed on the ride. Feel free to experiment with other ideas though. Remember to experiment with different voicings and timings for the right hand in each example.

Using double kick to play eighth notes may seem a bit unneccessary but you may find yourself in a situation where the song is at a very high tempo and eighth note kicks are used throughout the whole piece. In this case it is a lot easier on the right foot to split the work load between both feet. The end result will be a much more even sounding part that you don't struggle to maintain the tempo of.


Example 1

A waltz snare pattern.

Constant note values in double kick.


Example 2

Snare on beat 3.

Constant note values in double kick.


Example 3

Snare on beat 2.

Constant note values in double kick.


Example 4

Snare on beat 1.

Constant note values in double kick.


Example 5

Snares on all quarter notes.

Constant note values in double kick.


Example 6

Snares on all '+' counts, giving a double time feel.

Constant note values in double kick.


Example 7

Using a rhythmic pattern on both hands.

Constant note values in double kick.


Example 8

A more difficult snare placement where each snare lasts a dotted eighth note creating a syncopated feel.

Constant note values in double kick.


TASK

  1. Using the 2 minute rule, get all grooves with eighth note kicks up to a tempo of at least 180bpm.
  2. Using the 2 minute rule, get all grooves with sixteenth note kicks up to a tempo of at least 130bpm.
  3. Create further variations on these grooves.
  4. Apply these grooves to a phrased piece as either the groove or fill.
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Example Piece

Below is a short piece with some of the grooves above applied. Aim to play this piece around 140bpm.

Constant note values in double kick.