Creating interesting 'train' style grooves using a common syncopated rhythm.
In this lesson you will be expanding on the oringal train groove concept (linked below) by applying a new rhythm for the accents. The part will still be based around that original single stroke idea but accents will fall in a delayed sixteenth note 332 style rhythm. If this terminology is un familiar there are several lessons linked at the bottom of the page that will help. The accent the rhythm the hands will play is shown below. I have included counting and sticking as one of the accents falls on a left hand.
All grooves below will use this hand pattern so it is essential you can play it accurately. When learning this part, make sure the accents stand out from the standard notes. Notice how the final accent falls on the 3 count, this gives it a bit of a half time feel, particularly if you emphasize this beat a little more and add kicks within the half time feel.
Listed below are several versions of this concept with various different kick patterns applied. Remember, start at a low tempo and build up speed gradually. It is far more important to get the part accurate. This is by no means an exhaustive list, use the given parts as a basis to create and experiment with your own parts.
- Learn the grooves above up to a tempo of at least 120bpm.
- Create your own versions of these grooves by mixing up the accent and kick placement.
- Create some 4 bar phrases using these grooves.
- Orchestrate the accent placement to create even more melodic grooves