Groove Development - 02/01/2018 (1 Bar 4/4 Groove With Ghosted Offbeats)

Building up from level 0 to level 3 ending up with a complex accent and ghost noted syncopated part.

The intention of our groove development pages is always to show how applying various different groove construction ideas to simple groove patterns can lead to some really cool and complex sounding parts.

In this lesson you will be learning a groove through a series of steps that start with a very common level 0 groove pattern and build up to a level 3 pattern. There will be six separate modifications made to this start groove, each of which is slightly more difficult than the previous one. It is also worth noting that each of these steps creates its own perfectly decent sounding groove. In each step a link to the original lesson of the concept applied is provided. It would be worth sidetracking and working through these lessons if you either get stuck or don't understand a particular step.

It is very important that you can play the step you are on comfortably at a decent tempo before moving on as any parts you get stuck on are going to appear in all subsequent steps. At the bottom of the page you will find the usual 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 slightly different way. For example in step 2 you are displacing the second snare so try applying this on the first snare or displacing in the other direction. Continue through all steps with any changes you make and write down any ideas you particularly like the sound of.

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. You can purchase this by clicking the button below.


Step 1

A simple Level 0 Groove.

A Sixteen Beat Groove


Step 2

Apply the level 1 8th Note Snare Displacement. This is used here on the second snare of the bar that is pushed back to the '+' after beat 4.

Developing a simple groove


Step 3

Open An Eighth Note Hi Hat. Specifically the '+' count after beat 3. This is also a level 1 concept.

Developing a simple groove


Step 4

Moving on to level 2 ideas, add in an Offbeat 16th Note Snare on the 'e' count after beat 3.

Developing a simple groove


Step 5

This step will look simple but is the kind of movement that can really throw you off. You are going to add an Offbeat 8th Note Accent on the '+' count after beat 2. Make sure this note is slightly louder then those around it.

Developing a simple groove


Step 6

A more difficult level 3 concept here that can take a lot of work to get going. You are going to use an RLLF Movement on beat 1.

Developing a simple groove


Step 7

Finally, throw in an Offbeat Standard Triplet after beat 2. Make sure you keep the right hand accent at this point.

Developing a simple groove



Other Helpful Lessons