Double Time Grooves In Swing Time

Play grooves with a quicker feel within a swung sixteenth note timing.

In this lesson you will be revisiting double time grooves, this time within a double time feel. As with most double time parts, these grooves won't be too challenging until you hit the higher tempos but it would be beneficial to read the previous lesson linked at the bottom of the page. This includes links to many lessons in swing time which will be useful if you aren't familiar with this timing.

Listed below are several examples of double time grooves using this new timing. When learning the parts start out slow and gradually increase the tempo. It is very important to keep your right hand relaxed, particularly when you start getting quicker. If you tense up you will be restricting the movement in your arm, making the part sound 'clunky' and stiff.


Groove 1

A double time groove with a swung feel


Groove 2

A double time groove with a swung feel


Groove 3

A double time groove with a swung feel


Groove 4

A double time groove with a swung feel


Groove 5

A double time groove with a swung feel


Groove 6

A double time groove with a swung feel


TASKS

  • Using the 2 minute rule, get all grooves up to a tempo of at least 130bpm.
  • Create your own variations on these patterns. Write as many down as possible.
  • Combine these patterns with fills to create a longer phrase.