Using a syncopated eighth note rhythm as the basis for the back beat in a 4/4 groove.
In this lesson you will be learning a one bar pattern in 4/4 where an unusual rhythm is used as the basis for the kick and snare. The rhythm you are working with is a '233' eighth note pattern (see links later on this page if you are unsure of this terminology) that starts on the second eighth note of the bar. This creates an unusual timing that sounds pretty cool. This starts out with the simple back beat pattern and is then built up to a more complicated part over four steps. It is worth noting that each of these exercises 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 part is will be played at a high tempo and the best way to build up speed is to start out slowly, make sure your note placement is accurate then very gradually speed up the part.
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To start off with you will play eighth notes on the hi hat with a kick on the '+' after count 1 and on count 4 then a snare on the '+' after count 2. As mentioned above, this follows a Delayed '233' Rhythm. Each number refers to an Amount Of Eighth Notes each note lasts for, so the first note you play a stroke then have an eighth note rest, the second note you play a stroke then have two eighth note rests then the same again for the third note. This is then started one eighth note later in the bar.
Open The Hi Hat on the first '+' count, at the same time as that first kick. Close this on the 2 count.
On count 4, the right hand is going to now play a run of sixteenth notes. On the 'a' count, open the hi hat. This will immediately be shut on the first beat of the next bar by pressing the hi hat pedal down with the left foot. This open hi hat creates a natural accent and also gives the part a Pushed Sixteenth type feel. Make sure the three sixteenth hi hats are all played at a Consistent Dynamic Level.
Add an Extra Hi Hat on the 'e' after count 1.