Groove Development: 29-01-2019 (2 Bar 4/4 Built Using Displacement)

A two bar groove in 4/4 where the second bar is a displaced version of the first.

Through this lesson you will learn a two bar groove where the second is a version of the first that has been displaced by a sixteenth note. There will be seven separate modifications made to the start groove, each of which 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 the second bar is shifted to the right of the bar through these steps so try shifting it the opposite direction. Continue through all steps with these changes and write down any ideas you like the sound of.

This construction idea can be applied in many genres and is a really nice way of creating variation in a part whilst keeping a similar theme. In this example the right hand rhythm is maintained through both bars but applying the concept here as well as the kick and snare part opens up some really interesting options.

You can also download a version of this lesson in PDF format. This pack includes a further variation on the complete groove, counting highlighted changes in each set, an example piece 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 16.2MB.


Step 1

A two bar common time groove where the right hand plays eighth notes alternating between the crash ride and ride cymbals. The kick and snares added underneath are just a Simple Level 0 Rhythm. When playing a right hand pattern like this, focus on hitting the cymbals accurately with good technique.

Developing atwo bar groove using displacement


Step 2

Add kicks On The 'a' count before each of the snares. Focus here on placing those kicks exactly in the middle of the right hands.

Developing atwo bar groove using displacement


Step 3

Add snares On The Last 'a' Count in each bar. Again, focus here on placing those snares exactly in the middle of the right hands.

Developing atwo bar groove using displacement


Step 4

The next four steps will all involve shifting notes in the second bar a Sixteenth Note Later. In this step you will be pushing the two back beat snares on to the 'e' count. This means they will fall between the right hands like the kicks added in the last step. Note that the snare that was on the 'a' count at the end of the second bar has been removed. Again, focus on accuracy of note placement.

Developing atwo bar groove using displacement


Step 5

Then shift the two kicks that were on 'a' counts so they now fall on the 2 and 4.

Developing atwo bar groove using displacement


Step 6

Next, move the kick on count 1 to the 'e' count.

Developing atwo bar groove using displacement


Step 7

The final displacement will be to the kick that was on the '+' after count 2. That is now on the 'a' that follows. This completes the displacement.

Developing atwo bar groove using displacement