Groove Development - 27/02/2018 (1 Bar Paradiddle Groove)

Building up a groove pattern an orchestrated paradiddle as a starting point.

On this page you will be learning a groove through a series of steps. This will start with a groove built from an orchestrated paradiddle which then has kicks and toms added to make a busy level 3 groove. There will be six separate modifications made to this start groove, each making the part more difficult. 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 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 slightly different way. For example in step 2 you add in simple eighth note kicks so try applying these in different places to create a very different sounding groove. 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 busy one bar pattern based on an orchestrated paradiddle. This part would actually fit really well in many different styles of music.

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 23MB.


Step 1

A sixteen beat style Groove Using A Paradiddle sticking. To create this pattern you plant the right hand on the ride cymbal and the left on the hi hat then move over to the snare with the left on counts 2 and 4. The original lesson linked below walks through this concept in detail if you are unfamiliar with it.

Developing a paradiddle groove


Step 2

Here you are adding in two eighth note bass drums on the '+' counts after beats 2 and 4. These both fall on the first left hand of the double stroke at the end of the rudiment.

Developing a paradiddle groove


Step 3

This will be similar to the last step in that two kicks are added in similar positions within this bar but this time On The 'a' Count before the snares. The slight complication in this step is that these kicks fall on the second right hand of a double which can be a tricky movement. Repeat the part over at a lower tempo until you are comfortable with the part.

Developing a paradiddle groove


Step 4

Just add a single kick is added On The 'e' after beat 3. This falls with the first single left hand stroke within the second occurence of the rudiment.

Developing a paradiddle groove


Step 5

To add a bit of melody and variation in sound, add a Floor Tom on the 'e' after beat 4. This falls on a right hand and comes immediately after the snare on beat 4.

Developing a paradiddle groove


Step 6

As with the previous step, you are adding more tonal variation and a bit of melody by adding in a high tom on the 'e' count after beat 3. This falls on the single stroke left hand and is in line with a bass drum.

Developing a paradiddle groove