Groove Development: 31-07-2018 (2 Bar Four On The Floor)

A two bar groove that adds decoration around a four on the floor pattern.

Through this lesson pack you will learn a two bar groove starting with a simple four on the floor pattern that builds to a level 3 groove decorated with off beat 16th snares, 16th note hi hats and open hi hats. 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.

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 select hi hats for an eighth note so try placing these at different points within the groove. 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 four on the floor running through it. This will sit nicely in many different styles of music but will particularly suit funk and pop.

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 17.5MB.

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Step 1

The starting point for this groove is a Four On The Floor pattern with an extra eighth note kick added on the '+' after count 3.

Developing a two bar four on the floor groove

Step 2

Two Open Hi Hats are added on '+' counts. The first after beat 1 in the first bar and the second after beat 3 in the second bar.

Developing a two bar four on the floor groove

Step 3

Another common groove development idea, two sets of Ghosted Offbeat sixteenth notes are added on 'e' counts, one after beat 3 in each bar. There is space in the full groove to add more ghosted snares on the 'e' after count 1 and the 'a' after count 4, both in the first bar.

Developing a two bar four on the floor groove

Step 4

On count 4 of the first bar, the right hand moves from the hi hat to a Floor Tom. This helps emphasize that count a little more and adds some tonal variation.

Developing a two bar four on the floor groove

Step 5

Another common groove development idea, add in an extra 16th Note Hi Hat on the right hand. In this case that will be on the 'a' after count 2.

Developing a two bar four on the floor groove

Step 6

Then again, an Extra Right Hand Sixteenth Note is added on the 'e' count after beat 2 in the second bar. In the complete groove there will be space to add more of these between the '+' count after beat 4 of the first bar and count 2 of the second bar.

Developing a two bar four on the floor groove

Step 7

Add a snare on the '+' after beat 1 of the second bar. If you have a second snare on your kit that would work great, one of the toms would also sound pretty cool. This is a very simple idea that can easily be applied in many musical situations that is often overlooked.

Developing a two bar four on the floor groove