Groove Development: 10-09-2019 (2 Bar 4/ 4 Using A 5 Note Syncopated Kick Pattern)

A 2 bar groove in 4/4 where the second bar uses a rhythmic double kick pattern.

Through this lesson you will learn a two bar groove in 4/4 where the bass drums play a five note grouping underneath a quarter note right hand heavily decorated with various left hand concepts. There will be seven modifications made to a simple start groove, each of which makes the part more difficult. It is also worth noting that each example 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. At the bottom of the page you will find a list of helpful links 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 in the five note grouping. Try switching this to an alternate pattern. Continue through all steps with these changes and write down any ideas you like the sound of.

There is a lot of left hand work in this part that can be demanding on stamina, have a look through some of our stamina exercises to help with this.

The part has been created with the intention of being used as breakdown section in a metal song. The rhythmic double kick is a really common element of this type of part but can be a challenge on your co-ordination. You will need either two kicks or a double kick pedal to be able to play this part.

NOTE that the file size of this pack is 14.1MB.


Step 1

The start point is a simple quarter note common time style pattern. In the notation the right hand is playing a splash cymbal. Switching this to some kind of trash or stack cymbal will sound great for rock or metal genres.

Developing a a two bar groove with a syncopated kick pattern


Step 2

Bass drums are added on every fifth sixteenth note. This involves playing some kicks in standard eighth and offbeat sixteenth note positions as well as in line with the snare. I have included useful links for this on the last page rather than here as there as a few of them!

Developing a a two bar groove with a syncopated kick pattern


Step 3

Add a high tom on the last '+' count of the first bar. This will be played with the left hand.

Developing a a two bar groove with a syncopated kick pattern


Step 4

Add in three closed hi hats with the left hand starting on the 'e' after count 1. This will lead into a left hand snare stroke on count 2, the tricky part here will be keeping dynamics consistent when jumping from the hi hat to snare.

Developing a a two bar groove with a syncopated kick pattern


Step 5

Place an open hi hat on the 'a' after count 2 in the first bar. Again, this will be with the left hand.

Developing a a two bar groove with a syncopated kick pattern


Step 6

Add a sixteenth note snare on the very last 'a' count of the bar.

Developing a a two bar groove with a syncopated kick pattern