Groove Development: 07-01-2020 (9/8 Groove Blues With Swung 16ths)

A 9/8 groove with a lot of swung sixteenth decoration.

In this lesson you will be learning a groove in 9/8 using a swung sixteenth feel and decorated with several rides, kicks, snares and hi hats. This will be built up over six steps, each of which makes the groove slightly more difficult. In each step a link to a lesson on the concept applied is provided where appropriate. It would be worth sidetracking and working through these lessons if you either get stuck or don't understand a particular step.

The part is intended to have a fairly bluesy / soul feel to it. This will sound great at lower tempos but does work a bit quicker too.

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. On top of that the pack also features an extra step in developing the groove, highlighting of changes in each step and counting marks. You can purchase this for just $2 by clicking the button below.

NOTE that the file size of this pack is 16.7MB.


Step 1

The starting point is a pretty straight forward 9/8 part with a compound time feel.

Developing a swung 9/8 groove


Step 2

In the coming steps the rhythm gets quite busy. Eighth note hi hats are added here with the Left Foot to help keep a solid foundation in the part.

Developing a swung 9/8 groove


Step 3

16th right hands are added on counts 2 and 4. Note that these will be 'Swung'.

Developing a swung 9/8 groove


Step 4

Two more 16th right hands are added on counts 7 and 8. Again, these are played with that swung rhythm.

Developing a swung 9/8 groove


Step 5

Add a snare on the '+' after count 1. This falls in between two right hands, make sure this note placement is rhythmically accurate.

Developing a swung 9/8 groove


Step 6

Add kicks on the '+'s after counts 4 and 9. The second of these falls in line with a right hand, ensure these two strokes line up correctly.

Developing a swung 9/8 groove