Groove Development: 26-06-2018 (2 Bar Subdivided 8th Note Blast Beat)

A two bar groove appropriate to more extreme metal genres.

Through this lesson you will learn a two bar level 3 groove appropriate to extreme metal genres. This will start with a simple eighth note single stroke kick pattern that builds to a full blast beat with some rhythmic right hand right bells. There will be six separate modifications made to the start groove, each of which makes a minor change to the previous part. 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. This groove will be particularly challenging on your hand to foot co-ordination so I recommend looking through any lessons provided in that area. 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, from step 3 onwards you start adding in a ride bell rhythm. Try placing these notes in slightly different places to create further grooves. 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 is based on a sub divided eighth note blast beat. This makes it very suited to extreme metal but actually makes a really nice fill pattern in other genres. The intention is for this pattern to be played at high tempos.

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 14.1MB.


Step 1

The starting point for this groove is a single stroke roll played as eighth notes Over Two Feet. Note that the note head on the very bottom line of the stave is the left foot playing a bass drum. This could either be on an additional bass drum or on the left pedal of a double kick pedal.

When practicing this part, make sure the left foot is playing as loud as the right. It is very common in patterns like this for players to let the left drop which can make the part sound sloppy.

Developing a two bar blast beat


Step 2

Next up, the sixteenth note gaps between each kick are going to be Filled In With Snares. So you end up with snares on all 'e' and 'a' counts, all played on the left hand. This can be a challenge on co-ordination so start out at a really low tempo to ensure your note placement is accurate then start speeding up using the two minute rule.

Note that counts 3 and 4 of the second bar are currently filled with rest and will be until step 7.

Developing a two bar blast beat


Step 3

Over the next four steps a syncopated ride bell rhythm is going to be built up on the right hand. This will be an eighth note '332' Style Rhythm where the first two notes of each block are played and the third is left as a rest. In this step counts '1' and the following '+' have a bell placed on them. The first of these will fall with a right foot and the second with a left and there will be a snare played on the left hand falling between them.

Developing a two bar blast beat


Step 4

Then a similar idea is applied over counts '4' and the '+' that follows in the first bar. This will have a similar feel to the previous step as the first bell also falls on a right foot and the second on a left foot with a snare in between them.

Developing a two bar blast beat


Step 5

Another two ride bells are added in but this time the first falls on an '+' count, more specifically the '+' after count two with a second bell on count 3. This time the first bell falls in line with a left foot and the second a right.

Developing a two bar blast beat


Step 6

The last set of ride bells falls on the '+' after count 1 of the second bar and count 2. As with the last step, the first of these falls on a left foot and the second on a right.

Developing a two bar blast beat


Step 7

In the last step you will be filling in the rest on counts 3 and 4 of the second bar. The eighth notes from the rest of the pattern continue with a quarter note right hand on the china with a common time feel snare on count 4. This will have a much slower feel to the rest of the pattern.

Developing a two bar blast beat