'End Of Heartache' Constant 16th Note Groove

A constant double kick groove that uses right hand rhythmic variation.

In this lesson you will be learning a groove inspired by the song The End Of Heartache by Killswitch Engage. The groove we are looking at comes in at around 47 seconds in the video linked above, which is the bridge before the first first. It is a two bar half time groove that has a Constant 16th Note kick pattern with quarter note rides. In the second bar some extra 16th notes are added in on the right hand to create some rhythmic interest.

This pattern will require a little stamina in the right hand, but hopefully by this point you have covered enough exercises to get you this. The concept learned in this lesson can be applied across many rock/metal grooves and their sub genres.

The groove used in the song is shown below:

The end of heartache bridge groove

The sixteenth note rides in the second half of the bar will fall in time with the bass drums. Make sure all placements are accurate or the part will sound sloppy. The best way to do this is to use the Two Minute Rule to start the part slow and build up tempo, all the time focusing on the placement of your hands and feet.

Listed below are a couple of variations you could apply that will mix the part up a bit. All of these will involve playing a two bar half time groove with constant sixteenth note kicks where the rhythm of the right hand is altered in one half of the bar. In the last two examples I show how using a cymbal for the groove then switching to the ride for the rhythmic variation can create an interesting sound.


Variation 1

A variation on the end of heartache groove


Variation 2

A variation on the end of heartache groove


Variation 3

A variation on the end of heartache groove


Variation 4

A variation on the end of heartache groove


Variation 5

A variation on the end of heartache groove


TASK

  1. Learn all exercises upto a tempo of at least 124bpm, which is the speed of the song.
  2. Create further variations on the original part.
  3. Apply the groove to a four or eight bar phrase.
  4. Try playing a long to the Killswitch Engage song and work out some of the other parts played in the song.