A relatively simple two bar groove in 4/4 uses a standard 16 beat as a starting point.
Through this lesson you will learn a two bar groove starting with a simple 16 beat pattern that builds to a level 3 groove decorated with off beat 16ths, open hi hats and 32nd notes. 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 each step creates its own perfectly decent sounding groove and each step is optional, meaning this pack gives you many different groove options. 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. Any new additions or modifications to each bar are marked in red.
It is 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. 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 2 you open the hi hat for an eighth note so try placing this at a different point within the groove. Another simple yet affective change would be to switch around the starting kick pattern. 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 with a steady sixteenth note running through it. This will sit nicely in many different styles of music but will particularly suit funk and pop rock.
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 14.3MB.
The starting point for this groove is a standard 16 Beat hand pattern with level 0 style eighth note kicks and snares added underneath. Be sure that all kicks fall exactly inline with the hi hat they are supposed to to prevent the part becoming sloppy. Note that no bass drum is placed on beat 1 of the second bar.
At the end of the second bar, Open The Hi Hat on the '+' count and hold it for an eighth note. To do this you will be dropping the left hand that was at the very end of the bar. This hi hat is then closed again on beat 1 when the part is repeated.
Next, you'll add in some sixteenth note bass drums on the 'e' count after both beat 3 of the first bar and beat 1 of the second bar, both of which will be placed under a left hand hi hat. This gives you Two Quick Kicks in a row.
Then another sixteenth note kick on the 'a' after beat 3 in the second bar. Again, this will fall under a left hand and will give you another Quick Run of two sixteenth notes.
And one final extra sixteenth kick this time On The 'a' after beat 2 in the first bar, again this will fall under a left hand hi hat.
Move the hi hat that was on the 'a' count after beat 2 in the second bar To A Snare. As it is on an 'a' count this will be a left hand snare, becareful not to get your arms tangled up while doing this.