Groove Development: 04-06-2019 (1 Bar 15/16 Based Around A Cowbell Rhythm)

A one bar groove in 15/16 where an interesting rhythm is played on the cowbell.

In this lesson you will be learning a one bar 15/16 groove built around a cowbell rhythm. This is built up over 7 steps where a new element of the part is added each time. It is worth noting that each of these steps creates a decent sounding groove.

It is very important that you can play the step you are on comfortably before moving on as any parts you get stuck on are going to appear in all subsequent steps. At the bottom of the page you find a set of suggested target tempos.

As an additional exercise, when you have learned the steps as shown below try taking the concepts given and applying them in a different way. For example the start point is based on a simple level 0 groove pattern so trying picking a different kick snare movement. Continue through all steps with any changes you make and write down any ideas you particularly like the sound of.

You can download a version of this lesson in PDF format. In this pack you also get a short example piece using the final groove as a basis along with audio files in MP3 format of all drum parts. This also includes a drumless version of the backing track for you to play a long to. On top of all of that all exercises have counting included, an extra modification is made to the groove and all new changes to the groove are highlighted in red. You can purchase this for just $2 by clicking the button below.

NOTE that the file size of this pack is 11.8MB.


Step 1

The starting point is based on a Level 0 Style Part transferred into the time signature of 15/16. This time signature is a lot like 4/4 but with one sixteenth note cut off the end, giving it a staggered and jumpy sort of feel. When playing, it will feel somewhere in between 7/8 and 4/4. This timing is a little tricky as you will be very used to playing the level 0 part, use the MP3 provided to help get your head around this.

Developing a 13/16 groove based around a cow bell rhythm


Step 2

Add four cow bells as semi quavers at the start of the bar, all on the right hand. This groove doesn't require the cow bell to be positioned any where specific. The run of sixteenths will be a bit of a stamina challenge, especially at higher tempos so focus on keeping those notes even.

Developing a 13/16 groove based around a cow bell rhythm


Step 3

Add cow bells with the right hand on the 'e +' after count 2.

Developing a 13/16 groove based around a cow bell rhythm


Step 4

Then another set of cow bells on the 'e' and 'a' after count 2. These will fall on the sixteenths between the two eighth note bass drums.

Developing a 13/16 groove based around a cow bell rhythm


Step 5

Then one last cow bell on the last 'e' count of the bar.

Developing a 13/16 groove based around a cow bell rhythm