Offbeat Eighth Note Right Hand Pattern In A Groove

An alternative to straight eighth or quarter note right hands in grooves that involves playing a hi hat only on '+' counts.

In this lesson you will learn how to use offbeat eighth notes on the hi hats to create a new right hand part for a groove. When we refer to 'offbeat eighths' this means eighth notes that fall on the '+' count. In this lesson the right hand part will be shown on the ride or hi hat, in the next lesson you will experiment with opening and closing the hi hat around the offbeat.

The right hand part for this lesson looks like this:

Offbeat eighth notes on the hi hat

You will count this '1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +' but will only play on the '+' counts.


Example 1

A groove with offbeat eighth notes on the hi hat


Example 2

A groove with offbeat eighth notes on the hi hat


Example 3

A groove with offbeat eighth notes on the hi hat


Example 4

A groove with offbeat eighth notes on the hi hat


TASK

  1. Learn the grooves above to a tempo of at least 120bpm.
  2. Try more kick and snare combinations.
  3. Use the groove as part of a longer phrase.