Offbeat 16th Snares - Introduction

A guide on how to add snares between the hi hats.

In this lesson we are going to add a 16th note snare between two 8th note hi hats in a groove. This means that in these groove examples there will be snares falling both with hi hats and in between hi hats so to help build the necessary co ordination I will give a couple of exercises first. In these exercises and grooves there will be constant 8th note hi hats with snares added in on 'e' or 'a' counts at various points in the bar. For most of the exercises and all of the following grooves there will only be one 16th note snare.

I am going to use two different forms of notating these exercises. The first will be the snares and hi hats notated in the same voice, to show more clearly what the rhythm is. The second is in the more standard notation with the hi hat and snare in separate voices. The two versions will be played and counted exactly the same.


Exercise 1

In this exercise we are playing snares on all 'e' counts. This gives us an orchestrated version of this semi quaver grouping.

Exercise 1Exercise 1aCheck Your Counting:

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The counting for this rhythm is: 1e+ 2e+ 3e+ 4e+

 


Exercise 2

In this exercise we are playing snares on all 'a' counts. This gives us an orchestrated version of this semi quaver grouping.

Exercise 2Exercise 2aCheck Your Counting:

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The counting for this rhythm is: 1 +a2 +a3 +a 4 +a

 


Exercise 3

In this version there is a snare on the 'a' count after beat 2.

Exercise 2Exercise 2aCheck Your Counting:

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The counting for this rhythm is: 1 + 2 +a3 + 4 +

 


Exercise 4

In this version there is a snare on the 'e' count after beat 1.

Exercise 4Exercise 4aCheck Your Counting:

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The counting for this rhythm is: 1e+ 2 + 3 + 4 +

 


Exercise 5

In this version there is a snare on the 'a' count after beat 4.

Exercise 2Exercise 2aCheck Your Counting:

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The counting for this rhythm is: 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +a

 


Exercise 6

In this version there is a snare on the 'e' count after beat 3.

Exercise 4Exercise 4aCheck Your Counting:

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The counting for this rhythm is: 1 + 2 + 3e+ 4 +

 


TASK

  1. Using the 2 minute rule, get all exercises up to a tempo of at least 150bpm.