Groove Development: 20-08-2019 (2 Bar 7/8 In Swing Time)

Building up a two bar swing time groove pattern in 7/8.

In this lesson you will be learning a two bar groove in the time signature of 7/8 through a series of steps. This will start with a simple level 0 style pattern that builds up to a level 3 groove with a swung sixteenth feel that is decorated with ghosted triplets. There will be six separate modifications made to this start pattern, each of which makes the part slightly more difficult. It is also worth noting that each of these steps creates its own perfectly decent sounding groove. In each step a link to the original lesson of the concept applied is provided where appropriate, it would be worth sidetracking and working through these lessons if you either get stuck or don't understand a particular step.

It is very important that you can play the step you are on comfortably at a decent tempo before moving on as any parts you get stuck on are going to appear in all subsequent steps. At the end of the pack you will find the usual helpful links, suggestions for other concepts that could be applied and a set of suggested target tempos.

The part is played in swing time and the short hand notation for this is used. You can find a link with more information on this in step 1 but if you are unsure of how any part should sound, there are MP3s included in the download pack.

You can also download a version of this lesson in PDF format. In this pack you also get two sets of eight bar phrases 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. You can purchase this for just $2 by clicking the button below.

NOTE that the file size of this pack is 11.7MB.


Step 1

A relatively simple two bar 7/8 Groove. This will have a feel similar to that of common time in 4/4 but cut an eighth note short. The Swing Time Notation Mark is included here although it doesn't have any affect on the part yet.

Developing a 7/8 groove


Step 2

Sixteenth note kicks are added on the first beat of each bar and also after count 5 of the first bar. Remember to play these with the swung feel.

Developing a 7/8 groove


Step 3

Add a Sixteenth Note Hi Hat on the '+' after count 3 in both bars, this is played with the right hand. Whilst playing these quicker notes don't let your technique slip.

Developing a 7/8 groove


Step 4

Add two more sixteenth note hi hats with the right hand, this time on the '+' after 7 and the '+' after 2.

Developing a 7/8 groove


Step 5

Open The Hi Hat on count 4 then shut it again on the 5.

Developing a 7/8 groove


Step 6

Add a Ghosted Snare on the '+' after count 4 of the first bar, make sure this is played at the appropriate dynamic level. Then place a standard offbeat snare stroke on the '+' after count 5.

Developing a 7/8 groove


Step 7

Place a standard offbeat snare stroke on the '+' after count 5.

Developing a 7/8 groove