Groove Development - 23/01/2018 (1 Bar 5/8 Groove In Swing Time)

Building up a groove pattern in 7/8 using linear concepts.

Through this short lesson pack you will be learning a groove through a short series of steps. This will start with a simple 5/8 groove pattern that builds up to a level 3 pattern. There will only be four separate modifications made to this start groove, so this pack is a little shorter than others. You will find each step will increase the difficulty of the part slightly. 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 where appropriate. 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 end of the pack 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 add sixteenth note rides so try applying these in different places. Continue through all steps with any changes you make and write down any ideas you particularly like the sound of.

This particular groove is a one bar pattern in 5/8 that is played in swing time. The short hand notation is used here and a link to an article explaining how this weeks can be found here.

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.

NOTE that the file size of this pack is 20MB.


Step 1

A basic eighth note based 5/8 pattern. Whilst the part does have the swing time notation, there are no sixteenth notes at the moment.

Developing a 5/8 jazzy swing time groove


Step 2

Add in two sixteenth notes on the ride, the first on beat 2 and the second on beat 4. These will be affected by the swing time marking so make sure they have that triplet feel to them.

Developing a 5/8 jazzy swing time groove


Step 3

Here you are adding in a 'barked' hi hat on the + count after beat 3. The actual hi hat will be hit with the left hand and it should fall exactly in between the two rides surrounding it. A bass drum is also played with the hi hat to give it a bit more emphasis. Immediately after the hi hat is played, you will close it by pressing down on the left foot. This will fall on count 4. This step is quite tricky and you may need to slow the part right down to get all note placements accurate. Don't forget the swing time feel here!

Developing a 5/8 jazzy swing time groove


Step 4

Finally, just a simple offbeat 16th note snare on the very last count of the bar. This is actually to emphasize the little run of bass notes in backing track a little more.

Developing a 5/8 jazzy swing time groove