8th To 16th Groove Exercise

Improve your ability to play constant note values on the feet whilst playing a groove.

The exercise presented in this lesson will help improve speed, stamina and accuracy when playing constant double kick patterns. The patterns are built of bars where eighth note double bass drums are played followed by bars where 16th note double bass drums are played. You will also be playing simple groove patterns with the hands. You will play various lengths on each note and when used in combination with the Two Minute Rule you will notice your speed very quickly building up.

In all exercises, make sure your left foot is falling exactly where it should and that it is playing at the same dynamic level as the right foot. You should also keep an eye on your left hand. A common problem in these kind of grooves is the left hand playing weaker than it normally would. You can also use the right hand of the groove part to 'latch' your double kick to. When playing 8th notes the kicks will all fall with a right hand. When playing 16th notes all of the right feet will fall with a right hand, the left feet will fall between each hand.


One Bar Common Time Exercise

Play 1 bar with eighth note double kick followed by 1 bar with sixteenth note double kick with the hands playing a common time groove.

8th Note to 16th Note Double kick groove exercise.


One Bar Half Time Exercise

Play 1 bar with eighth note double kick followed by 1 bar with sixteenth note double kick with the hands playing a half time groove.

8th Note to 16th Note Double kick groove exercise.


One Bar Double Time Exercise

Play 1 bar with eighth note double kick followed by 1 bar with sixteenth note double kick with the hands playing a double time groove. Notice in the eighth note bar that the snares fall with a left foot.

8th Note to 16th Note Double kick groove exercise.


Two Bar Common Time Exercise

Play 2 bars with eighth note double kick followed by 2 bars with sixteenth note double kick with the hands playing a common time groove.

8th Note to 16th Note Double kick groove exercise.


Two Bar Half Time Exercise

Play 2 bars with eighth note double kick followed by 2 bars with sixteenth note double kick with the hands playing a half time groove.

8th Note to 16th Note Double kick groove exercise.


Two Bar Double Time Exercise

Play 2 bars with eighth note double kick followed by 2 bars with sixteenth note double kick with the hands playing a double time groove.

8th Note to 16th Note Double kick groove exercise.


Four Bar Common Time Exercise

Play 4 bars with eighth note double kick followed by 4 bars with sixteenth note double kick with the hands playing a common time groove.

8th Note to 16th Note Double kick groove exercise.


Four Bar Half Time Exercise

Play 4 bars with eighth note double kick followed by 4 bars with sixteenth note double kick with the hands playing a half time groove.

8th Note to 16th Note Double kick groove exercise.


Four Bar Double Time Exercise

Play 4 bars with eighth note double kick followed by 4 bars with sixteenth note double kick with the hands playing a double time groove.

8th Note to 16th Note Double kick groove exercise.


TASK

  1. Using the 2 minute rule, aim to get the exercises up to a tempo of around 140bpm.
  2. Experiment with different lengths to further improve your stamina.