Groove Development: 30-10-2018 (4/4 Intricate Two Bar Groove Decorated With 32nd Note RLLF)

An intricate two bar groove decorated with a mixture of 'RLLF' style movement and 32nd notes.

Through this lesson pack you will learn an intricate two bar groove starting with a simple level 1 pattern that adds in various 'RLLF' style movements and 32nd note single strokes over a series of steps. There will be eight separate modifications made to the start groove, each of which makes a minor change to the previous part. It is worth noting that each step creates its own perfectly decent sounding groove and each step is optional, meaning this pack gives you many different groove options. In each step a link to the original lesson of the concept applied is provided where appropriate, it is worth sidetracking and working through these lessons if you either get stuck or don't understand a particular step.

It is important you can play the step you are on comfortably at a decent tempo before progressing as any parts you get stuck on are going to appear in all subsequent steps. On the last page you will find a list of helpful links, suggestions for other concepts that could be applied and a set of target tempos.

As an additional exercise, try taking the concepts given and applying them in different ways. For example, in step 2 you add a 16th note 'RLLF' movement so try placing this elsewhere in the part. Continue through all steps with these changes and write down any ideas you like the sound of.

This particular groove is a very busy two bar pattern in 4/4 with a lot of 32nd note decoration. This will sit nicely in many different styles of music but will particularly suit pop, rock and funk based pieces.

You can also download a version of this lesson in PDF format. This pack includes an extra variation on the complete groove, counting highlighted changes in each set, an example piece using the final groove as a basis and MP3 audio files of all drum parts. This also includes a drumless version of the backing track for you to play a long to. You can purchase this for $2 by clicking the button below.

NOTE that the file size of this pack is 19MB.


Step 1

The starting point for the lesson is a level 0 style kick snare pattern with an odd rhythm on a closed hi hat. Use the counting given below and the audio provided if you are unsure of how this should sound. All hi hats are currently played with the right hand.

Developing an intricate 2 bar groove


Step 2

The first 'RLLF' movement is added as sixteenth notes on count 3 of the first bar. This is played with the right on the floor tom and the left on the hi hat. The '+' count is accented so hit this a little harder to make it really stand out.

Developing an intricate 2 bar groove


Step 3

A fairly standed sixteenth kick movement is applied On The 'e' after count 1 of the second bar.

Developing an intricate 2 bar groove


Step 4

The next RLLF movement is added on the '+' count after beat 2 of the first bar, this time as 32nd notes. The right hand is played on the high tom with the lefts on the snare. This leads nicely into the floor tom on the 3 count. Watch the accuracy of the notes over this quick movement, the kick should Fall Exactly between the 'a' and '3' counts.

Developing an intricate 2 bar groove


Step 5

The next set of 'RLLF' is added on the '+' after count 2 in the second bar. This time, the right stays on the hi hat with the left filling in the gaps with Ghosted Snares. As with the previous step, focus on placing those quick notes accurately whilst playing the lefts at the softer dynamic level.

Developing an intricate 2 bar groove


Step 6

A similar movement to the last step is applied on the '3' count of the second bar. This gives you two quick 32nd note RLLF movements in a row.

Developing an intricate 2 bar groove


Step 7

A third 32nd note RLLF pattern is added to the two existing already in there, this time on the '+' after count 3 in the second bar.

Developing an intricate 2 bar groove


Step 8

In that space after the four count of the second bar, play four 32nd notes on the floor tom as single strokes. Be careful around the jump from floor tom to hi hat as there will be a slight cross over on the hands.

Developing an intricate 2 bar groove


Step 9

Like with the last step, four 32nd notes are placed on the last '+' count, this time in the first bar and on the hi hat.

Developing an intricate 2 bar groove