Groove Development: 26-03-2019 (Two Bar 4/4 With Offbeat 16th Toms)

A 2 bar pattern in 4/4 based around a sixteen beat movement.

Through this lesson you will learn a two bar groove in 4/4 that is decorated with offbeat sixteenth toms. There will be five modifications made to a simple start groove, each of which makes the part more difficult. 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'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. 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 start point uses a simple level 0 kick pattern. Try switching this to a different eighth note style part. Also, in step 2 a bunch of sixteenth kicks are added so try placing these at different points in the bar. Continue through all steps with these changes and write down any ideas you like the sound of.

The given part doesn't really fit one specific genre so would fit in many styles of music.

NOTE that the file size of this pack is 15.4MB.


Step 1

A two bar groove in 4/4 based on an eighth note right hand part. The kick pattern underneath this is a simple Level 0 Movement. Note that in the second bar the snare is placed on the 3 count rather than the 4 that you'd expect.

Developing a two bar groove decorated with offbeat 16th toms


Step 2

Various common sixteenth note kick movements are added around the start point. Focus on making sure these fall exactly on the appropriate count between the right hands. You can find links to lessons on this concept on the very last page.

Developing a two bar groove decorated with offbeat 16th toms


Step 3

Add a High Tom on the 'a' after count 2 in the first bar.

Developing a two bar groove decorated with offbeat 16th toms


Step 4

Add a floor tom on the 'e' after count 1 in the second bar.

Developing a two bar groove decorated with offbeat 16th toms


Step 5

Add a floor tom on the 'a' after count 3 in the second bar.

Developing a two bar groove decorated with offbeat 16th toms


Step 6

Add a floor tom on the '+' after count 4 in the second bar. Note that this is inline with the right hand where other tom additions have been between.

Developing a two bar groove decorated with offbeat 16th toms