A complex groove based around a quarter note triplet right hand.
In this lesson you will be learning a groove through a series of steps, starting with an exercise in co ordination between the right hand and left foot and building up to a level 2 groove with a disco feel. There will be six modifications made to this, each adding in a kick or snare around the open hi hat movement. It is also worth noting that from step 2 onwards, each example creates gives a decent sounding groove. In each step, a link to the original lesson on the concept applied is provided where appropriate, it would be worth sidetracking and working through these lessons if you get stuck or don't understand a particular step.
It is very important that you can play the step you are on comfortably before moving on as any parts you get stuck on are going to appear in all subsequent steps. This is particularly true of the first step as all parts are very demanding on your hand to foot co-ordination. At the end of the pack you will find a list of helpful links, suggestions for other concepts that could be applied and a set of suggested target tempos.
As an additional exercise, when you have learned the steps as shown below try taking the concepts given and applying them in a different way. For example in step 2 you create a simple level 0 kick/snare pattern so experiment with different versions of this. Continue through all steps with any changes you make and write down any ideas you particularly like the sound of.
You can download a version of this lesson in PDF format. In this pack you also get a short example piece using the final groove as a basis along with audio files in MP3 format of all drum parts. This also includes a drumless version of the backing track for you to play a long to. On top of all of that all exercises have counting included, two extra modifications are made to the groove and all new changes to the groove are highlighted in red. You can purchase this for just $2 by clicking the button below.
NOTE that the file size of this pack is 11.9MB.
The starting point is more of an Exercise In Co-ordination between your right hand and left foot. The foot plays quarter notes on the hi hat pedal whilst the right strikes the hi hats on the '+' counts. This movement causes the right hand strokes to be played on an open hi hat which is immediately closed again in a sort of slowed down 'bark' effect. Make sure all strokes are played on the appropriate count by playing to a metronome. Watch out for the kick on count 1!
Add Snares On Counts Two And Four, inline with the left feet already on these counts. Your main focus should be on lining these strokes up accurately.
Add a Kick Under The '+' after count 1 to create a simple level 0 style kick snare pattern. This right foot will line up under the right hand open hi hat.
Place a Kick On The 'e' after count 2. This can be a tricky movement as it falls straight after a left foot, giving you a quick 'left to right' movement between the two feet.
Much like the last step, another kick is added in between the eighth notes, this time On The 'a' after count two. Again, this can be uncomfortable due to the left foot placement. Focus on playing the part to a metronome and placing every note exactly in place.
Place a snare on the very last 'a' Count of the bar which will fall just after the offbeat eighth hi hat. You would usually have a second hi hat after the snare, giving more to latch the left hand to, so this movement may feel odd.