Groove Development: 06-11-2018 (Two Bar Offbeat 16th Kicks)

A relatively simple two bar groove in 4/4 uses a standard 16 beat as a starting point.

Through this lesson pack you will learn a relatively simple two bar pattern that starts with a level 0 groove and adds in offbeat 16th kicks over four steps. 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 place a couple of sixteenth note kicks so try positioning these elsewhere in the bar. Another simple yet affective change would be to switch around the kicks in the level 0 pattern in step 1. Continue through all steps with these changes and write down any ideas you like the sound of.

This particular groove is a two bar pattern in 4/4 that makes use of quarter note accents and offbeat 16th kicks. This will sit nicely in many different styles of music but is intended to be played in a slower tempo rock piece.

You can also download a version of this lesson in PDF format. This pack includes an three further variations on the complete groove, counting highlighted changes in each set, three sets of eight bar phrases 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 17MB.


Step 1

The starting point for this groove is a Level 0 Kick / Snare part with an eighth note open hi hat played on the right hand with all Quarter Notes Accented. This accent movement is very common in rock based styles of music. Focus here on getting those numbered counts to really stand out on the right hand.

Developing a two bar groove with offbeat kicks


Step 2

In both bars, on the 'a' after count two, Add A Bass Drum. This falls in between the right hands on the ' + 3' and you should focus here on getting that placement as accurate as possible. Some co-ordination exercises are given on the last page that are really useful for this movement.

Developing a two bar groove with offbeat kicks


Step 3

The next set of bass drums will fall on the 'e' after count 3 in both bars. This gives you Two Bass Drums in a row over a sixteenth note, when played at higher tempos this can become draining on stamina but that shouldn't be an issue here. With this step, focus on placing the kick exactly on the 'e' count.

Developing a two bar groove with offbeat kicks


Step 4

This step adds one final sixteenth kick in the second bar, on the 'e' after count 4 which immediately follows a snare. As with previous steps, focus should be on placing the kick exactly on that 'e' count.

Developing a two bar groove with offbeat kicks