Groove Development: 21-08-2018 (1 Bar '332' Based 5/4)

Building up a tom groove in 5/4 using multiple concepts.

In this lesson you will be learning a groove in 5/4 that makes use of multiple '332' rhythms through a short series of steps. This will start with a simple 5/4 groove pattern that builds up to a level 3 pattern using different dynamic levels, multiple rhythms and sixteenth note decoration. There will be seven separate modifications made to this start groove, each of which makes the groove slightly more difficult. It is also worth noting that each of these steps 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 would be worth sidetracking and working through these lessons if you either get stuck or don't understand a particular step.

As an additional exercise, when you have learned the steps as shown below try taking the concepts given and applying them in a slightly different way. For example in step 4 I discuss switching the tom notes to ghosted snares. 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 one bar pattern in 5/4 that uses a '332' rhythm twice that is then decorated in various ways. The groove would work well in many situations but would be particularly appropriate in a rock, prog. genre or funk genres where time signature changes are common.

You can also download a version of this lesson in PDF format. In this pack you also get three sets of eight bar phrases using the final groove as a basis along with 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. On top of that the pack also features an extra step in developing the groove, highlighting of changes in each step and counting marks. You can purchase this for just $2 by clicking the button below.

NOTE that the file size of this pack is 27MB.


Step 1

A basic 5/4 Groove pattern with an eighth note right hand on the hi hat. The kick and snare is based on a simple level 0 pattern.

Developing a 5/4 groove based on a 332 rhythm


Step 2

Accents are added on all quarter notes. This causes a sort of bouncy up and down movement on the right hand.

Developing a 5/4 groove based on a 332 rhythm


Step 3

The first of those '332' Rhythms is added as accented right hands starting beat 3. Be careful of the hand placement around those two kicks, the second right hand of the block falls between the '+' count kick and the snare.

Developing a 5/4 groove based on a 332 rhythm


Step 4

Nice and easy, Open The Hi Hat on the '5' count for a quarter note.

Developing a 5/4 groove based on a 332 rhythm

Step 5

Fill Out the five count with single stroke sixteenth notes.

Developing a 5/4 groove based on a 332 rhythm


Step 6

The next '332' rhythm is completed with the addition of a Sixteenth Note Kick on the 'a' count after beat 1. This creates some imitation within the bar as the first '332' is played over kicks and the second over hi hats.

Developing a 5/4 groove based on a 332 rhythm


Step 7

Two ghosted sixteenth snares are added On 'e' Counts. The first after beat 1, the second after beat 2. Focus on the different dynamic levels, make sure the accents stand out and the ghost notes are nice and subtle.

Developing a 5/4 groove based on a 332 rhythm


Step 8

More ghosted snares are added, this time On 'a' Counts. The first after count 2 then again after count 4.

Developing a 5/4 groove based on a 332 rhythm