Groove Development: 23-07-2019 (1 Bar 7/8 Rhythmic Double Kick)

Building up a groove pattern in 7/8 using various double kick movements.

In this lesson you will be learning a groove through a series of steps. This will start with a simple rhythmic 7/8 pattern that builds up to a level 3 part over five steps. Each of these steps adds in something new and increases the difficulty slightly. It is also worth noting that each step creates its own perfectly decent sounding groove and a link to the original lesson of the concept applied is provided where appropriate. It would be worth sidetracking and working through these lessons if you either get stuck or don't understand a particular step.

It is very important that you can play the step you are on comfortably at a decent tempo before moving on as any parts you get stuck on are going to appear in all subsequent steps. At the end of the pack you will find the usual 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 slightly different way. For example in step 5 you decorate with ghosted snares so try placing this at a different point in the bar. Continue through all steps with any changes you make and write down any ideas you particularly like the sound of.

You can also download a version of this lesson in PDF format. In this pack you also get three sets of eight bar phrases 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. You can purchase this by clicking the button below.

NOTE that the file size of this pack is 10.7MB.


Step 1

A quarter note based part in common time where the right hand plays the ride. A simple eighth and quarter note part is played over the kicks and snares.

Developing a 7/8 double kick groove


Step 2

The two kicks at the start of the bar are subdivided by placing Sixteenth Notes On The Left Foot. Make sure these left foot kicks are played at the same volumes as the right.

Developing a 7/8 double kick groove


Step 3

The same idea is applied to the last eighth note kick of the bar. This leads into those four sixteenths at the start of the bar so when the part is repeated you get a run of Six Sixteenth Note Kicks in a row.

Developing a 7/8 double kick groove


Step 4

On the four count, play Four 32nd Notes kick. This will be very fast so be careful of your note placement.

Developing a 7/8 double kick groove