Groove Development: 11-12-2018 (Half Time 5/4 Decorated With Fills)

A half time pattern in 5/4 decorated with fills.

In this lesson you will learn a two bar half time groove in 5/4 through a series of steps. This starts with a simple level 1 style groove and adds in various offbeat sixteenth ideas using snares and kicks. On top of this, the last beats of the bar will be played as an orchestrated single stroke roll. There will be six 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 plays a '332' style bass drum rhythm around a half time 5/4 snare placement and then decorates the end of each bar with a fill. This idea will work in many different genres.

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 14MB.


Step 1

A simple Half Time 5/4 Groove with the right hand playing quarter notes on the crash ride. The two bars are similar, the second has one less kick. Focus here on getting those kicks that fall on an '+' count exactly in between the appropriate right hands.

Developing a half time two bar 5/4 groove


Step 2

Double Up the eighth note kick on the '+' after count 2 in both bars. Ensure the two sixteenth note kicks are played at an even dynamic level and fall exactly on the appropriate counts.

Developing a half time two bar 5/4 groove


Step 3

Add a Sixteenth Note Kick on the 'a' after count 1 to create a sixteenth '332' style rhythm over the bass drums. Watch the placement of these new kicks, not having the eighth note right hand to latch onto makes it slightly more difficult. Use the MP3 provided to help.

Developing a half time two bar 5/4 groove


Step 4

Add Sixteenth Kicks straight after the first snare in both bars, which is On The 'e' after count 3. As with previous steps, make sure these new bass drums are played at an even dynamic level and fall exactly on the appropriate counts.

Developing a half time two bar 5/4 groove


Step 5

One more sixteenth kick is added on the 'e' after count 4. This imitates the rhythm played on the bass drums over count 3.

Developing a half time two bar 5/4 groove


Step 6

Replace the quarter note snare and crash played on the 5 count of the first bar with a run of Four Sixteenth Note Snares played as single stroke.

Developing a half time two bar 5/4 groove


Step 7

A similar fill placement is applied in the second bar but over counts 4 and 5. All notes are played as single strokes and the single stroke 'Triangle Pattern' orchestration is used over count 5. Note that the first right hand of the run of eighth sixteenths is played on the crash cymbal.

Developing a half time two bar 5/4 groove