Groove Development: 16-07-2019 (2 Bar 3/4 Jazz Feel)

An intricate metal based 3/4 double kick groove.

In this lesson you will learn a two bar pattern in 3/4 played with a swung feel to create a jazzy pattern. This is then decorated with various eighth note rides and ghosted snares. It is also worth noting that each step creates its own perfectly decent sounding groove.

It's 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. At the bottom of the 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 6 you start adding ghosted snares so try applying these elsewhere within the bar. Continue through all steps with these changes and write down any ideas you like the sound of.

This particular groove is intended to be used in a jazz context and features some ideas commonly used in this genre. The kick and left foot hi hat keep time whilst the hands add melodic and rhythmic interest.

You can also download a version of this lesson in PDF format. In this pack you also get two extra steps in the groove construction process, three sets of eight bar phrases using the final groove as a basis and 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 14MB.


Step 1

The start point is a simple movement built from Quarter Note Rides on the right hand with a 'kick hat hat' movement on the feet. The part is pretty simple but spend some time making sure the hands and feet line up perfectly.

A 2 bar 3/4 groove in swung time


Step 2

Snares are added on count 3 in both bars. This should be exactly in line with the hi hat and ride already on this count.

A 2 bar 3/4 groove in swung time


Step 3

The Swing Time Feel of the part now becomes noticeable with the addition of an extra swung eighth note right around count two in both bars. If you are unsure of how this should sound have a listen to the MP3 provided.

A 2 bar 3/4 groove in swung time


Step 4

Add a snare on the '+' after count 1 in the second bar only. Don't forget that this will be played with the swing time feel.

A 2 bar 3/4 groove in swung time


Step 5

Add an extra swung eighth note ride cymbal on the very last '+' count of the bar.

A 2 bar 3/4 groove in swung time