Groove Development: 07-05-2019 (2 Bar Linear 9/8)

A 2 bar linear pattern in 9/8.

Through this lesson ou will learn a two bar linear groove in 9/8. There will be six 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.

Above I described this groove as 'linear'. That means that at all points through the part, only one part of the kit is played at a time. This gives a very different feel to the more common way of playing a groove and can take a bit of getting used to.

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 17.8MB.


Step 1

An unconventional groove pattern that fills Two Bars Of 9/8. This has a rough compound time feel with the main snare back beat being at a different point in each bar. As mentioned above, the pattern is Linear meaning each stroke will be played on its own.

Developing a linear groove in 9/8


Step 2

On counts 7 and 8 some thirty second note hi hats are added on the left hand in a '1e+' rhythm. This will be demanding on your Left Hand Stamina so take your time with the part.

Developing a linear groove in 9/8


Step 3

Add sixteenth note kicks on the '+' counts after 2 and 9.

Developing a linear groove in 9/8


Step 4

Add two open hi hats on counts 1 and 2 with the right hand.

Developing a linear groove in 9/8


Step 5

Add two sixteenth note floor tom strokes on the 3 count of the second bar.

Developing a linear groove in 9/8


Step 6

Add four sixteenth note ride strokes over counts 5 and 6 with the right hand. Again, this is a challenge on hand stamina so use the exercise given earlier to help get comfortable with this.

Developing a linear groove in 9/8


Step 7

Add four sixteenth note closed hi hat strokes over counts 8 and 9 with the left hand.

Developing a linear groove in 9/8