1 Handed 16th Note Grooves

Grooves where the right hand plays 16th notes. A good stamina workout as well as a cool groove variation.

This lesson is based on the previous level 1 16 Beat Groove. The big difference here is that you are going to play 16th notes on the right hand, no single stroke rolls this time.

Obviously this requires considerably more stamina. Before starting this lesson I strongly recommend you work on our Level 1 Hand Stamina Exercise and our Level 2 Hand Stamina Exercise.


The right hand is the important part to focus on in this lesson. Once you can play the 16th notes evenly various different kick and snare ideas from any previous groove concept lesson can be applied underneath. The hand pattern is just a bar of 16th notes played all on the right hand. It will look like this:

The right hand part of the groove

Spend some time getting comfortable playing your right hand in this way then work through some of the grooves below.


Example 1

A simple groove pattern.

Example 1


Example 2

Another simple groove pattern.

Example 1


Example 3

With offbeat 16th snares.

Example 1


Example 4

Another example with offbeat 16th snares.

Example 1


Example 5

With offbeat 16th kicks.

Example 1


Example 6

Another example with offbeat 16th kicks.

Example 1


Example 7

Using a four on the floor pattern.

Example 1


Example 8

A half time four on the floor example.

Example 1


Example 9

Another half time example.

Example 1


Example 10

A double time example.

Example 1


TASK

  1. Using the 2 minute rule, get all grooves up to a tempo of at least 120bpm.
  2. Create your own variations on these patterns. Write as many down as possible.