Groove Development: 12-02-2019 (1 Bar 4/4 Half Time Double Kick Groove With Decorative 16th Note Rides)

A half time 16th note double kick groove decorated with various semi quaver groupings on the ride.

In this lesson you will be learning a groove through a series of steps, starting with a relatively straight forward half time groove with a sixteenth note double kick part. There will be five modifications made to this, all of which embellish the right hand part. It is also worth noting that each example creates a decent sounding groove. In each step, a link to the original lesson on the concept applied is provided where appropriate, it would be worth sidetracking and working through these lessons if you get stuck or don't understand a particular step.

It is very important that you can play the step you are on comfortably before moving on as any parts you get stuck on are going to appear in all subsequent steps. This is particularly true of the first step as all parts are very demanding on your hand to foot co-ordination. At the end of the pack you will find a list of helpful links, suggestions for other concepts that could be applied and a set of suggested target tempos.

As an additional exercise, when you have learned the steps as shown below try taking the concepts given and applying them in a different way. For example in step 2 you remove right hands so try removing different strokes to those shown. Continue through all steps with any changes you make and write down any ideas you particularly like the sound of.

You can download a version of this lesson in PDF format. In this pack you also get a short example piece 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. On top of all of that all exercises have counting included, two extra modifications are made to the groove and all new changes to the groove are highlighted in red. You can purchase this for just $2 by clicking the button below.

NOTE that the file size of this pack is 12.2MB.


Step 1

The start groove is built from Sixteenth Notes Played Across Two Feet on bass drum pedals in a single stroke movement. On top of this, a Half Time Feel is created with the placement of a snare on the '3' count. The right hand then plays a simple straight eighth note rhythm. Make sure all kicks are played at an even dynamic level and that the snare lines up exactly with the appropriate bass drum and ride.

Developing a half time double kick groove.


Step 2

Rather than adding something, you're actually going to take away some right hands to create a more rhythmically interesting part. Through the next few steps this will be embellished with additional sixteenth note right hands.

Developing a half time double kick groove.


Step 3

The quarter note ride on count 2 is switched to a quick Double Sixteenth Movement. Make sure the new right hand lines up properly with the left foot kick.

Developing a half time double kick groove.


Step 4

Similar to the last step, the quaver right hand on the '+' after count three is Doubled Up to two sixteenths. Again, make sure the two rides line up perfectly with the two kicks.

Developing a half time double kick groove.


Step 5

Add another right hand ride On The 'e' after count 4.

Developing a half time double kick groove.


Step 6

Then one final ride cymbal on the 'a' after count 2. Remember, make sure all right hands line up with the appropriate foot.

Developing a half time double kick groove.