5/4 Grooves With '3322' Kick Snare Placement

Using a slightly syncopated rhythm between the kicks and snares to create some new groove 'shapes' in the time signature of 5/4.

In this groove concept lesson you are going to learn about a slightly different approach to constructing grooves in 5/4. You will be taking a simple syncopated rhythm and placing kicks and snares under a right hand part. This will be a '3322' rhythm which is very similar to the '332' commonly used. This will create some accents in odd places where the kicks and snares don't fall into the same grouping as the right hand.

This rhythm is shown below as consistant eighth notes on the left and using standard notation on the right:

The rhythm for this concept

So the first note will fall on the '1', the second on the '+' after beat 2, the third on beat 4 and the last on beat 5.

Listed below are some grooves with this concept applied, shown with both quaver and crotchet right hands. If you are struggling with the timing, remember that when quavers are used on the right hand you can 'match' the kicks and snares to these strokes.

Example 1

A 332 rhythmed groove

Example 2

A 332 rhythmed groove

Example 3

A 332 rhythmed groove

Example 4

A 332 rhythmed groove

Example 5

A 332 rhythmed groove


  • Learn the grooves above up to a tempo of at least 120bpm.
  • Experiment with different placement ideas and orchestrations.
  • Use the concept as part of a phrased example.
  • Try constructing longer patterns based on this rhythm, such as two or four bar grooves.