Groove Development: 12-06-2018 (1 Bar Linear Tom Groove)

An intricate 16th note based groove that has a lot of decoration.

In this lesson you will be learning a groove through a series of steps that starts with a very simple kick snare pattern that builds up to a busy linear part decorated with 32nd notes. There will be six modifications made to this starting point, each making the groove more difficult. It is also worth noting that from step 2 onwards, each step creates its own perfectly decent sounding groove.

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 bottom of the page you will find a list 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 some sixteenth note kicks so try positioning these 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.

This particular groove is a very busy one bar pattern in 4/4 that combines a rhythmic kick pattern with a melodic hand pattern that creates a very complex sounding part. You will notice that due to the complexity of the part, I have used a few more steps than usual! The full groove will work in many different genres.

This particular groove is a very busy one bar linear pattern in 4/4 that uses hi hats and toms to give the part some melody. On tom of this 32nd note decoration is used to create some rhythmic interest. The full groove will work in many different genres but the intention here is to create a modern pop groove.

NOTE that the file size of this pack is 14.6MB.


Step 1

The starting point for this groove is incredibly simple, just quarter notes alternating between the kick and snare. Note that the first snare is played on the left and the second on the right.

Developing a linear groove


Step 2

Sixteenth note kicks are added on the 'a' after beat 1 and the 'e' after beat 4.

Developing a linear groove


Step 3

Toms are added on all '+' counts with the right hand. The first of these is a high tom and the remaining three are floor toms. Keep an eye on the counting to ensure your are playing the rhythm correctly.

Developing a linear groove


Step 4

Four hi hats are added on offbeat 16th counts. The first of these is a right hand on the 'e' after count 1 and the remaining three are all left hands on 'a' counts. The sticking here is a little unusual but is important for later steps. Keep an eye on the sticking so as not to make later parts more difficult.

Developing a linear groove


Step 5

Two more floor toms are added in with right hands on the two 'e' counts after beats 2 and 3. Again, the sticking is a little unusual here but is important.

Developing a linear groove


Step 6

Double up the first hi hat of the bar to two single stroke thirty second notes. Listen to the MP3 provided for clarification on the rhythm.

Developing a linear groove