Groove Development: 18-09-2018 (2 Bar Constant Double Kick Using Displacement)

A two bar groove in 4/4 using simple displacement to create a complex part.

Through this lesson pack you will learn a two bar groove starting with a straight sixteenth common time double kick pattern with the right hand playing on the china cymbal. This then builds up to a much more complex part that involves decoration with toms and incorporates displacement. There will be six separate modifications made to the start groove, each of which makes a minor change to the previous part and increases the difficulty slightly. 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 add an offbeat sixteenth note snare so try placing this at a different point in the bar. Continue through all steps with these changes and write down any ideas you like the sound of.

Through all parts there will be a constant sixteenth note kick played over two feet. On the last page you will find a collection of exercise to help familiarize you further with this style of part. Co-Ordination and stamina are very important in playing a solid part.

This particular groove is a two bar pattern in 4/4 that has a very aggressive sound thanks to the quarter note china cymbal used throughout. This part would fit very nicely in modern metal genres.

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 17.7MB.


Step 1

A two bar common time groove with a Constant Sixteenth Note Double Kick. Your focus here should be on playing all bass drums at an even rhythm and an even dynamic level, it is quite easy to let the left foot slack in parts like this.

Developing a two bar double kick groove


Step 2

Offbeat sixteenth snares are added on the 'e' after count three in both bars. This will give you a left hand and left foot played Exactly At The Same Time and your focus here should be on the accuracy of that note placement. Whilst this is happening, don't let the left foot start slacking.

Developing a two bar double kick groove


Step 3

Add a floor tom on the '+' counts after beat 1 in both bars. This will be played with a right hand and in line with a right foot. As with the previous steps, don't let the kick part get sloppy after this addition.

Developing a two bar double kick groove


Step 4

Add a high tom on the 'e' counts after beat 1 in both bars. This will be played with a left hand and in line with a left foot, giving you a run of three sixteenths at the start of the bar played as single strokes. As with all previous steps, don't let the kick part get sloppy after this addition.

This step completes the first bar.

Developing a two bar double kick groove


Step 5

A simple low level concept is applied to the second bar that is going to massively change the part. All you are going to do is Shift The Hand Parts Along By An Eighth Note, pushing back that first quarter note china to the '+' rather than the '1'. The first two sixteenths of the bar are still played as two single sixteenth note feet to maintain the constant double kick.

Whilst the concept used is simple, the part will take some working out. Spend time getting your head around the second bar before moving on.

Developing a two bar double kick groove


Step 6

That move from the last '+' count china to the china on beat 1 feels a little jumpy so to smooth the part out a short Two Stroke Fill is added over the last '+' count of the second bar. This is played as single strokes over the floor tom and snare. Make sure these two notes fall exactly in line with the feet and don't let the rhythm of the feet slip.

Developing a two bar double kick groove