Groove Development: 12-11-2019 (2 Bar 5/8 With A '1e+' Right Hand)

Build a two bar 5/8 groove using an inappropriate sixteenth note rhythm.

Through this lesson you will learn a two bar groove in 5/8 that is based around a '1e+' sixteenth note grouping on the right hand. There will be five modifications made to a start groove, each of which makes an already unusual part more difficult. It is also worth noting that each step 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 is worth sidetracking and working through these lessons if you either get stuck or don't understand a particular step.

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. This is particularly important in the first step with that right hand rhythm. At the bottom of the page you will find a list of suggested target tempos.

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 13.6MB.


Step 1

The start point uses a Compound Feel in the time signature of 5/8. Over this the right hand is going to play a '1e+' sixteenth note rhythm, all on the ride. In the lesson linked below I discuss how this rhythm in this time signature creates a cool syncopated feel.

Developing a two bar 5/8 groove


Step 2

Re-Orchestrate the snares on counts 4 of both bars to Floor Toms. As you are playing the right hand on the ride cymbal there won't be any awkward cross overs here.

Developing a two bar 5/8 groove


Step 3

Move the first note of each semi quaver grouping to the bell of the ride. This really highlights the syncopated nature of the rhythm.

Developing a two bar 5/8 groove


Step 4

To reinforce the compound time feel, add kicks on the 3 counts of both bars.

Developing a two bar 5/8 groove


Step 5

Then decorate those new kicks by placing a Second Kick on the '+' after counts 2.

Developing a two bar 5/8 groove


Step 6

Then add another kick On The '+' after count 4, which is immediately after the floor tom strike.

Developing a two bar 5/8 groove