Building up a groove pattern using accent placement and syncopation.
On this page you will learn a two bar groove that just tweaks some orchestrations to create an interesting and musical drum part. This will be built up through a series of five steps, each of which makes the part more difficult. It is also worth noting that each example 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 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.
As an additional exercise, try taking the concepts given and applying them in different ways. For example, in step 2 you add some crashes. Experiment with some different placements and see what works and what doesn't. Continue through all steps with these changes and write down any ideas you like the sound of.
You can also download a version of this lesson in PDF format. In this pack you also get three 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 by clicking the button below.
NOTE that the file size of this pack is 17MB.
Place two different Crash Voices on counts one and two of the first bar.
Switch the snare on count four of the second bar to two eighth note High Toms, both played with the left hand.
Over count 3 of the first bar, play quarter notes on the kick and fill the '+' counts with floor toms played on the left hand.
At the end of the second bar, move the right hand to the Floor Tom and play eighth notes. This creates an interesting change of pulse as well as a tonal switch.