A simple two bar groove where a common time pattern is decorated with some sixteenth note kicks.
In this double kick groove application lesson you will learning a very short extract from the song Innocence by Disturbed. There are a few other really cool double kick parts in this song (the intro for example) but here we will be looking at the main chorus groove which you can here at around 59 seconds into the song. The intention of this lesson is to show you how adding in a left foot within an existing simple level 0 style groove can create an awesome sounding part. This idea works particularly well in the metal genre but can be applied elsewhere.
The part as it is in the song is played at 146bpm which is pretty brisk but at level 3 shouldn't be much of a problem. Through this page I will be building the part up over a couple of steps then showing a few variations to help you apply the idea within your own playing. First off, here is the simple level 0 style version of the groove:
At this level that groove should be pretty straight forward, just spend a minute pushing the groove up to the full tempo. In the next step the first of the 16th note left foot kick decorations is added, this is coming in on the 'e' after beat 3.
Again, if you've worked a bit on double kick this shouldn't be too problematic as even with the extra sixteenth added, that is really just a simple level 2 groove. The problem comes with the tempo, because it's so fast playing those three kicks on one foot would be strenuous over time. Using the left foot allows you to comfortably play the part and have all notes sounding solid.
The next step completes the groove as you hear it in the recording and just adds a second left foot kick on the 'a' count after beat 4.
Spend some time working on your note placement then push the tempo as close to full speed as you can get. It is important that the left foot kicks are sounding as strong as the right foot to keep consistancy within the part.
In this next section I am going to apply the same concept with a different starting point for the two bar groove. Hopefully this will help you with applying the idea to your own parts and will show you just how easy it is to use the left foot to make some interesting rhythms. Here is the new starting groove.
Then we'll add in an extra 16th note kick.
Then a second 16th note kicks.
- Using the 2 minute rule, get all examples up to a tempo of at least 146bpm which is the tempo of the song.
- Create variations on this groove by experimenting with different kick placements.
- Apply this groove to a phrased piece.