Groove Development - 17/04/2018 (2 Bar Quarter Note Snare)

A relatively simple two bar groove with a quarter note snare feel.

Through this lesson you will learn a two bar groove built around a quarter note snare that starts with a simple 4/4 groove and develops into a level 2 pattern. There will only be four separate modifications made to the start groove, each of which adds kicks to the hand pattern provided at the start. 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 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. As an additional exercise, try taking the concepts given and applying them in different ways. For example, in step 2 you add eighth note kicks so try applying these at a different point in the bar. Continue through all steps with these changes and write down any ideas you like the sound of.

This particular groove is a two bar pattern in 4/4 that could fit many different different genres of music but is particularly common in motown and rock. The quarter note snare creates a solid 'driving' feel that has a very distinctive sound.

You can also download a version of this lesson in PDF format. This pack includes an three further variations on the complete groove, counting highlighted changes in each set, three sets of eight bar phrases 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 17.3MB.


Step 1

A very simple groove pattern that involves playing Quarter Note Snares on the left hand and quarter note crashes with the right. Whilst this is a very easy pattern, take this opportunity to make sure that the left and right hands are Perfectly In Sync.

Developing a two bar quarter note snare groove


Step 2

Eighth note bass drums are added on the '+' counts after beat 4 in the first bar and beats 2, 3 and 4 in the second bar. Make sure these note Fall Exactly on the '+' counts or the part can become sloppy.

Developing a two bar quarter note snare groove


Step 3

Bass drums are added on beat 1 of both bars which will give the part a stronger sense of the 4/4 time signature. It is important the the two hands and foot Line Up Perfectly at these points to keep a nice tight feel.

Developing a two bar quarter note snare groove


Step 4

Two more bass drums are added in this step On The 'a' counts after beat 2 in the first bar and beat 1 in the second. This is a nice easy way to add some rhythmic interest to the part without changing that solid quarter note hand part.

Developing a two bar quarter note snare groove


Step 5

Then finally, just one more kick On The 'e' after beat 3. There is space for more sixteenth note kicks in this groove so have a play around with some different placements.

Developing a two bar quarter note snare groove