Groove Development - 29/05/2018 (2 Bar 4/4 With Decorative Rolls)

A relatively simple two bar groove in 4/4 that uses a roll around the kit as part of the pattern.

Through this lesson you will learn a two bar groove starting with the absolute basic level 0 version and building up to a level 2 pattern that combines groove and fill.. There will be six separate modifications made to the start groove, each of which makes a minor change to the previous part. It is worth noting that from step 2, each step 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 is worth sidetracking and working through these lessons if you either get stuck or don't understand a particular step.

The intention with this pack is to provide you with an example of a groove where a fill is used as part of the main pattern. An example fill is included in the step by step process but you should use this as a starting point to create your own variations on the given part. In the notation, the fill fills half of the second bar but you can extend or shorten this depending on what ideas you have. Several variations are given in the phrased examples provided in the downloadable versions of this lesson linked below.

It's important you can play the step you are on comfortably at a decent tempo before progressing as any parts you get stuck on are going to appear in all subsequent steps. A good example of this is the accents given in the first step. This may be a new and uncomfortable movement so make sure you can play it before adding the snares in step 3. On the last page you will find a list of helpful links, suggestions for other concepts that could be applied and a set of target tempos.

As an additional exercise, try taking the concepts given and applying them in different ways. For example, in step 3 you add eighth note kicks so try applying these at a different point in the bar. Use the list of grooves in our level 0 groove menu for inspiration. Continue through all steps with these changes and write down any ideas you like the sound of.

This particular groove is a two bar pattern in 4/4 that could fit many different different genres of music but is intended to be a rock or pop punk pattern.

You can also download a version of this lesson in PDF format. This pack includes an three further variations on the complete groove, counting highlighted changes in each set, three sets of eight bar phrases using the final groove as a basis and MP3 audio files 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 for $2 by clicking the button below.

NOTE that the file size of this pack is 17.3MB.


Step 1

We'll be starting this pattern at the absolute basics and in this case that is a crotchet crash followed by quaver closed hi hats played with the right hand. The hi hats then have every numbered count Accented meaning the Right Hand will play a higher/louder stroke followed by a lower/softer stroke giving it a bobbing up and down kind of motion.

Note the minim rest at the end of the second bar, this is where the fill will fall.

Developing a two bar groove with rolls


Step 2

Next up some snares are added. Through most of the two bars these are on the standard two and four you'd expect but at the end of the second bar you start to build up the fill with snares on the '3 + 4' counts. The three snares at the end of the bar will all be played on the right hand. This may seem odd but it relates to the sticking of the full fill.

Developing a two bar groove with rolls


Step 3

Simple eighth note kicks are add in a Very Common Rhythm.

Developing a two bar groove with rolls


Step 4

The base kick snare pattern created in step 3 is then decorated with offbeat 16ths On The 'a' Counts. Note that the 'a' after beat 2 in the second bar doesn't have this snare placement.

Developing a two bar groove with rolls


Step 5

Then another similar idea with decorative Offbeat 16th Snares On 'e' Counts.

Developing a two bar groove with rolls


Step 6

The full fill is added in and is based around the 'Triangle' Single Stroke Orchestration with some extra sixteenth snares before it.

Developing a two bar groove with rolls


Step 7

To lead into the fill, a sixteenth note kick is added On The 'a' Count after beat 2.

Developing a two bar groove with rolls