Groove Development: 13-11-2018 (Two Bar Multi Layered Groove)

A two bar groove in 4/4 using multiple cymbal rhythms around a straight backbeat.

Through this lesson you will learn a two bar groove starting with a simple level 0 pattern that builds to a complex part using multiple layers of rhythm. There will be six separate modifications made to the start groove, each of which makes a minor change to the previous part and increases the difficulty slightly. It is worth noting that each step creates its own perfectly decent sounding groove and each step is optional, meaning this pack gives you many different groove options. In each step a link to the original lesson of the concept applied is provided where appropriate, it is worth sidetracking and working through these lessons if you either get stuck or don't understand a particular step.

It is important you can play the step you are on comfortably at a decent tempo before progressing as any parts you get stuck on are going to appear in all subsequent steps. On the last page you will find a list of helpful links, suggestions for other concepts that could be applied and a set of target tempos.

As an additional exercise, try taking the concepts given and applying them in different ways. For example, in step 3 you start adding hi hats as a second layer of rhythm so try using a different voice for this. Continue through all steps with these changes and write down any ideas you like the sound of.

This particular groove would fit many different styles of music and works well at any tempo.

You can also download a version of this lesson in PDF format. This pack includes an three further variations on the complete groove, counting highlighted changes in each set, an example piece using the final groove as a basis and MP3 audio files of all drum parts. This also includes a drumless version of the backing track for you to play a long to. You can purchase this for $2 by clicking the button below.

NOTE that the file size of this pack is 17.7MB.


Step 1

A two bar common time groove with a quarter note right hand on the ride. The Kick And Snares are just two simple Level 0 style patterns. Spend some time working on note placement, particularly around those kicks that fall on '+' counts.

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Step 2

The kick and snare part is completed with the addition of two Offbeat Sixteenth Kicks, both on 'a' counts. The first of these is in the first bar, straight before the snare on beat 2. The second comes after the beat 2 snare, with a rest immediately after it. Again, focus on the accuracy of the placement of these kicks.

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Step 3

The left hand is going to add a closed hi hat on all '+' counts. This Lesson covers this movement in detail so I strongly recommend looking through this. Focus here should be on that left hand movement, particularly the jump from hi hat to snare at higher tempos.

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Step 4

In the first bar, over beats 3 and 4, the left hand hi hat switches to a sixteenth note '332' rhythm with an open hi hat. Again, this is covered in detail in This Lesson. Make sure the hi hat after count 1 is closed again.

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Step 5

Move the right hand on counts 3 and 4 to the Bell Of The Ride.

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Step 6

A second syncopated rhythm is added on the left hand at the start of the second bar. This is achieved by shifting the hand on the '+' after count 2 to the 'e' just before it.

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Step 7

Double Up the last hi hat in the second bar. Both the '+' and 'a' are played with the left hand.

Developing a multi layered groove