'It Must Have Been Love' Displaced Double Stroke Groove

An intricate 16th note based groove using a displaced double stroke roll sticking.

In this lesson you will be learning an intricate groove based around a displaced double stroke roll sticking played over two cymbals. You can hear this in the song 'It Must Have Been Love' by Roxette and it starts at the beginning of the verse and is used most of the way through the song. Due to the sticking used, snare placement involves a quick jump from the hi hat to the snare over the left hand.

Through this page a one bar groove will be built up step by step. This will allow you to see clearly what is going on in each part and to get your head around a small part of the groove. This should hopefully make the learning process significantly easier. This will start with the cymbal part. then add the snares and finally the kicks. After that I have given some variations on the kick part.

I have included some links to some helpful lessons at the bottom of the page. If at any point you find yourself struggling, have a look through some of these.

Step 1

As discussed above, this first step is cymbal part. This is a double stroke roll with the right hand on the ride and the left on the hi hat but starting with a single left stroke. This will create an unusual sounding part. Make sure you are comfortable with the sticking before moving on.

Building up the groove

Step 2

Add snares on the 2 and 4 counts. These will be played with a left hand and to get to the snare you need to jump from the hi hat. The original song is played at a fairly low tempo which makes this a bit easier!

Building up the groove

Step 3

Next add the kick movement from This Level 0 Groove.

Building up the groove

Step 4

Then add a sixteenth kick on the 'a' after count 3. This completes the original groove.

Building up the groove

Listed below are three variations on the kick part that have a similar feel.

Variation 1 Varying the groove

Variation 2 Varying the groove

Variation 3 Varying the groove


  1. Learn the full groove upto a tempo of at least 81bpm, which is the speed of the song.
  2. Listen through the rest of the song and try to work out some of the variations.
  3. Apply the groove to a four or eighth bar phrase.
  4. Try playing a long to the full song.