Learn a fast and intricate two bar linear 5/8 groove step by step.
On this page you will learn a two bar melodic groove in 3/4 with an offbeat eighth note right hand through a series of steps. This starts with a simple level 1 style groove and adds in various offbeat sixteenth ideas using snares, kicks and toms. There will be five modifications made to the start groove, each of which makes the part more difficult. It is also worth noting that each step 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 is worth sidetracking and working through these lessons if you either get stuck or don't understand a particular step.
It's 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.
This particular groove is a relatively simple 3/4 pattern that can be applied in multi genres and situations. The intention is to show how simple groove concepts already up on the site can be applied to create really interesting sounding parts.
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 $1.50 by clicking the button below.
NOTE that the file size of this pack is 14MB.
The snare on count two in the second bar is moved a sixteenth note earlier, putting it on the 'a' after beat 1. Use the MP3 provided to ensure the gap between that snare and the following ride is correct.
Eighth note kicks are added on the '+' counts after beat 2 in both bars. Focus here on making sure those two kicks fall exactly inline with the ride bell.
Toms are added in both bars to create some melodic and tonal variation. In the first bar, a high tom is added on the 'a' count after beat 1 with the left hand. As your right hand is planted on the bell of the ride, this is a nice comfortable movement. The rhythm here imitates that used at the start of the second bar.
A floor tom is also added on the 'e' count after beat 1 in the second bar. Again, because of the right hand position this is a fairly comfortable movement but if you are using a 4 piece set up just watch out for arm clashes.
Simple rhythmic decoration is applied with an extra sixteenth kick placed on the 'e' count after beat 2 in the first bar.
A simple variation common to these groove development lessons. A sixteenth note ghosted snare is added on the 'e' count after beat 2 in the second bar. There is actually a lot of space to add more of these ghosted snares so experiment with different placements. Just make sure that the ghosted notes are played much softer than the standard notes. This is explored a little in the phrases that follow the final groove.