Groove Development: 22-01-2019 ( 1 Bar 4/4 With A 33334 Kick Pattern)

A busy groove built from several layers of rhythm.

In this lesson you will be learning a busy groove through a series of steps that starts with a simple level 1 style part. Through six steps you will create a busy groove that combines multiple rhythms over the different limbs. It is also worth noting that each example gives a decent sounding groove. In each step, a link to the original lesson on the concept applied is provided where appropriate, it would be worth sidetracking and working through these lessons if you get stuck or don't understand a particular step.

It is very important that you can play the step you are on comfortably before moving on as any parts you get stuck on are going to appear in all subsequent steps. This is particularly true of the first step as all parts are very demanding on your hand to foot co-ordination. At the end of the pack you will find a list of helpful links, suggestions for other concepts that could be applied and a set of suggested target tempos.

As an additional exercise, when you have learned the steps as shown below try taking the concepts given and applying them in a different way. For example, you could alter the accent placement for the right hand hi hats. Continue through all steps with any changes you make and write down any ideas you particularly like the sound of.

The final groove is built from several sets of rhythms played together. The simplest of these are the right hand, which plays eighth notes with quarter note accents and the back beat snares on 2 and 4. Under this bass drums then play a '33334' rhythm whilst ghosted snares add in some sixteenth note decoration. As there is a lot going on, this set of steps is split up into two different areas of focus. In steps 1 - 3 you will work on the placement of the syncopated bass drums around the right hand and back beat snare then from step 4 onwards the ghosted snares are added in.

You can download a version of this lesson in PDF format. In this pack you also get a short example piece 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 all of that all exercises have counting included, three extra modifications are made to the groove and all new changes to the groove are highlighted in red. You can purchase this for just $2 by clicking the button below.

NOTE that the file size of this pack is 11.7MB.


Step 1

The starting point is a simple Level 0 Pattern with an eighth note right hand on the open hi hat. Two additions have been added to this already. First of all, all Numbered Counts Are Accented. When playing this part the right hand will bob up and down in a 'high low' movement, keep the hand relaxed and make sure the '+' counts aren't played too loud. Secondly, a bass drum is included Underneath The Snare on count 4. Make sure the three strokes on the four count are All Played Exactly In Time.

The kicks here are playing an eighth note '332' rhythm which, in the next two steps, will be built up to the sixteenth note pattern used in the final pattern.

Developing a complex 4/4 groove.


Step 2

The next step in building up the syncopated kick rhythm will be to add a kick On The 'a' after count 1. Be careful not to let this affect those right hand accents.

Developing a complex 4/4 groove.


Step 3

To create the full '33334' rhythm add in one more kick On The 'e' after count 3. Again, don't let this throw off the accent pattern in the right hand.

Developing a complex 4/4 groove.


Step 4

The remaining six steps all involve adding in ghosted snares to create a really intricate, busy sounding part. I'm throwing you straight in at the deep end with this quite tricky movement created by the addition of snares on the 'e' counts straight after the back beats. Both snare strokes will be played on the left hand and the second of the two strokes needs to be considerably softer than the first.

Developing a complex 4/4 groove.


Step 5

Place snares On The 'a' counts after the 2 and 4, which should be much more familiar than the previous step! Remember, these notes are ghosted so should be very soft.

Developing a complex 4/4 groove.


Step 6

Place a snare On The 'e' after count one which again is a fairly common movement.

Developing a complex 4/4 groove.