Double up the note values of the right hand in previous double time grooves.
In this lesson you will be revisiting Double Time Grooves and switching up the rhythm of the right hand. As with most double time parts, these grooves won't be too challenging until you hit the higher tempos but it would be beneficial to read the previous lesson linked above. The right hand will also be significantly quicker and our Level 2 Hand Stamina Exercises will be very useful in helping keep these notes even both rhythmically and dynamically.
Due to the quick nature of the rhythm, this style of part is best played on a voice that has a clear distinct sound such as a closed hi hat. Voicings like open hi hats and crash cymbals have a lot of 'sustain' to the sound which will drown out most of the notes of the rhythm. Another useful way to think of these parts is a our simple level 0 grooves played twice as fast.
Listed below are several examples of double time grooves using this new right hand concept. When learning the parts start out slow and gradually increase the tempo. It is very important to keep your right hand relaxed, particularly when you start getting quicker. If you tense up you will be restricting the movement in your arm, making the part sound 'clunky' and stiff.
- Using the 2 minute rule, get all grooves up to a tempo of at least 130bpm.
- Create your own variations on these patterns. Write as many down as possible.
- Combine these patterns with fills to create a longer phrase.