Groove Development - 01/05/2018 (1 Bar 12/8 With Ghosted Snares)

Building up a 5/4 groove that has a sixteenth note double kick as its' base.

Through this lesson you will be learning a groove in 12/8 that is heavy on open hi hats and ghosted snares through a series of steps. This will start with a relatively simple level 1 swing time feel pattern that builds up to a complex level 4 groove. There will be eight separate modifications made to this start groove, each of which creates increases the difficulty of the part slightly and creates its' own perfectly decent sounding part. 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 two a hi hat is opened so maybe try applying this idea elsewhere in the bar. 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 12/8 that decorates a swung 4/4 feel groove with a lot of sixteenth snares played over two different snare voices. On top of this accents are added on open hi hat to give another layer of depth to the groove which creates a very busy sounding pattern. The groove would work well in many situations but would be particularly appropriate in blues and funk genres.

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 19.2MB.


Step 1

A simple one bar 12/8 groove that has a swung 4/4 feel to it. There are minimal kicks to start off with but this will quickly change!

Developing a ghost note heavy groove in 12/8


Step 2

This first step just involves adding three Kicks In Line With The Right Hand. One of these falls under that first snare and it is essential that these fall exactly together or the part will become sloppy.

Developing a ghost note heavy groove in 12/8


Step 3

Open The Hi Hat on the eighth note after that first snare/kick stroke. The left foot will press down almost immediately to allow the hi hat that follows to be closed.

Developing a ghost note heavy groove in 12/8


Step 4

This step will require a bit of control with the left hand. Ghost notes are going to be added as eighth notes at various points within the bar, sometimes underneath hi hats and something on their own. Right At the start of the bar you are going to have a run of four snare strokes, all of which will be ghosted except the third. The Moeller technique is well worth looking into for this kind of movement.

Developing a ghost note heavy groove in 12/8

Step 5

Around that new ghost note in the previous step that fell after the first snare/kick stroke you are going to fill in some sixteenth notes with more ghosted snares. Again, these will all be played on the left and a double stroke style movement will be needed.

Developing a ghost note heavy groove in 12/8


Step 6

Double up both hi hats that fall before backbeat snares Like in step 3, a run of sixteenth notes is created on the one hand here but this time these will all be at the same dynamic level.

Developing a ghost note heavy groove in 12/8


Step 7

Two sixteenth note kicks are added. The first 'pre-empts' the back beat and falls under the second of those sixteenth hi hats. This can be an awkward movement so start learning this slowly. The second kick falls right at the very end of the bar.

Developing a ghost note heavy groove in 12/8


Step 8

You are going to add in a 'barked' hi hat on the sixteenth note after the second back beat. This will involve shuffling the hi hat that was in line with that snare across a sixteenth note, opening it and playing it with a kick. This is immediately closed on the eighth note that follows by playing the left foot hi hat. The last hi hat in the bar will then be played closed.

Developing a ghost note heavy groove in 12/8


Step 9

Another set of ghosted sixteenths will be added here, but this time on a second snare. This will give the groove another melodic layer and will sound really cool. If you don't have a second snare this will work just as well on your main snare. All notes will be played on the left hand.

Developing a ghost note heavy groove in 12/8