Groove Development: 14-05-2019 (1 Bar 4/4 With Crash Decoration)

A one bar groove in 4/4 where cymbals are used to accent certain counts.

In this lesson you will be learning a one bar 4/4 groove that is heavily decorated with crashes through a series of seven steps. It is worth noting that each of these steps creates a decent sounding groove. In each step, a link to the original lesson on the concept applied is provided where appropriate, it would be worth sidetracking and working through these lessons if you get stuck or don't understand a particular step.

It is very important that you can play the step you are on comfortably before moving on as any parts you get stuck on are going to appear in all subsequent steps. This is particularly true of the first step as all parts are very demanding on your hand to foot co-ordination. At the end of the pack you will find a list of 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 different way. For example in step 2 you add sixteenth note ghosted snares, so try placing these at different points in the bar. Continue through all steps with any changes you make and write down any ideas you particularly like the sound of.

The groove is common in rock genres but the concept of picking out accented notes on cymbals can be applied in many musical situations.

You can download a version of this lesson in PDF format. In this pack you also get a short example piece 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. On top of all of that all exercises have counting included, an extra modification is made to the groove and all new changes to the groove are highlighted in red. You can purchase this for just $2 by clicking the button below.

NOTE that the file size of this pack is 13.3MB.


Step 1

The start groove is a simple Level 0 Style Part with the right hand playing eighth notes On The Ride. As the part is very simple, spend some time making sure your note placement and hand technique is perfect.

Developing a one bar groove that's heavily decorated with crashes


Step 2

Add a kick On The 'a' after count two. Make sure the kick falls exactly in between the two ride cymbals.

Developing a one bar groove that's heavily decorated with crashes


Step 3

Over the kick added in the last step, add a crash with the left hand.

Developing a one bar groove that's heavily decorated with crashes


Step 4

Add Ghosted Snares on the 'e' Counts after beats 1 and 3. Focus on playing these at the correct dymamic level whilst placing them on the appropriate counts.

Developing a one bar groove that's heavily decorated with crashes


Step 5

Switch the ride on count 1 to a crash cymbal.

Developing a one bar groove that's heavily decorated with crashes


Step 6

Switch the ride on count 2 to a crash cymbal. I have notated this on the second or left hand crash cymbal as it is a little easier to play with the snare and to add a bit of melodic variation in the part.

Developing a one bar groove that's heavily decorated with crashes


Step 7

Switch the ride on count 4 to a China Cymbal. This cymbal is great for accenting due to it's short, sharp sound.

Developing a one bar groove that's heavily decorated with crashes