Groove Development: 24-07-2018 (1 Bar 7/4)

A 7/4 groove heavy on right hand sixteenth note hi hats.

In this lesson you will be learning a groove in 7/4 through a series of steps that starts with an offbeat eighth note style groove that adds more and more right hand sixteenth note hi hats that will be a challenge on your hand stamina. There will be eight separate modifications made to this starting point, each adding something new to the groove and increasing the difficulty. It is also worth noting that each step creates its own perfectly decent sounding groove.

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 bottom of the page you will find a list 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 different way. For example in step 2 you add a sixteenth note kick so try positioning this at a different point in the bar or adding additional kicks. 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 right hand sixteenth note heavy groove in the time signature of 7/4 with heavy quarter note accents on the last two beats of the bar. The groove will fit many different styles of music but the time signature suggests a progressive genre and the hi hat part suggests funk.

You can also download a version of this lesson in PDF format. In this pack you also get two extra steps in the groove construction process, three sets of eight bar phrases using the final groove as a basis and 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 for just $2 by clicking the button below.

NOTE that the file size of this pack is 16MB.


Step 1

The phrasing of the start 7/4 Groove could almost be split into a bar of 3/4 and a bar of 4/4. The majority of the bar uses an Offbeat Eighth Note Hi Hat with an extra added on count 1. Counts 6 and 7 also switch to two straight quarter notes which will be a prominent feature of the groove. As the steps progress more sixteenth note hi hats are added and these will all be played on the right hand.

Developing a groove in 7/4


Step 2

To complete the kick pattern, add a sixteenth note Kick On The 'a' after count 2.

Developing a groove in 7/4


Step 3

The two quarter note hi hats on counts 6 and 7 Will Be Opened and immediately closed on the following eighth note by Pressing Down With The Left Foot on the hi hat pedal. This will give you a single stroke roll style movement between the two feet.

Developing a groove in 7/4


Step 4

Through the remaining steps you will be adding Sixteenth Notes With The Right Hand on the hi hat. As the steps progress, the part will become more Demanding On Your Stamina. The most useful thing you can do is keep your right arm as relaxed as possible, this will make all movements more fluid and will prevent unnecessary strain.

Developing a groove in 7/4


Step 5

Next up, another hi hat On The 'e' after count 2.

Developing a groove in 7/4


Step 6

This time two additional hi hats are added on the 'e' and 'a' after count 3 to create a straight run of four notes between the snare and hi hats.

Developing a groove in 7/4


Step 7

The same movement is applied on count 4. Remember all of these hi hats are played on the right hand.

Developing a groove in 7/4


Step 8

And again, that same four stroke movement is applied on count 4.

Developing a groove in 7/4