'F F H H' 16th Grouping Exercise

A set orchestration for a group of four sixteenth notes.

In this lesson you will be learning simple four note sixteenth note grouping that can be used as a 'building block' for fill construction. This pattern will also make a good exercise for foot control and general co ordination. In this lesson the pattern will be two notes on the right foot followed by two notes on the hands. Shown below are both eighth and sixteenth note versions of this.


Eighth Note Versions

As with most exercises, I'll start by showing a slowed down version of the pattern. Both of the examples shown below are the full pattern written as eighth notes, on the left you have a single footed version and on the right a double kick version. As eighth notes each grouping fills half a bar, so it is played twice in a full bar. The hands can be played all on the right, all on the left or alternating. Playing the pattern with all variations is a useful exercise.

The eighth note version of the exercise.

The double kick version may seem a little redundant at this point but when the pattern is played at particularly high tempos it can make things a little easier for you.

TASK

  1. Using the 2 minute rule, get the exercise up to a tempo of at least 150bpm.
  2. Experiment with different stickings for the hands
  3. Orchestrate the hands.

Sixteenth Note Versions

Here is the full speed versions. Each block now fills one beat so there are four occurances in each 4/4 bar. Again, experiment with different hand variations.

The eighth note version of the exercise.


TASK

  1. Using the 2 minute rule, get the exercise up to a tempo of at least 130bpm.
  2. Experiment with different stickings for the hands
  3. Orchestrate the hands.