Groove Development: 16-04-2019 (2 Bar Linear 4/4)

A 2 bar linear pattern in 4/4.

Through this lesson you will learn a two bar linear groove in 4/4. There will be four 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, in step 4 a simple sixteenth note kick movement is added. Try placing this kick at a different part in the bar to see how it affects the feel of the part. Continue through all steps with these changes and write down any ideas you like the sound of.

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 13.4MB.


Step 1

An unconventional groove pattern that fills two bars of 4/4. This has a rough Half Time Feel with the back beat of the first bar Displaced By A Sixteenth Note. As mentioned above, the pattern is linear meaning each stroke will be played on its own.

When learning this part use the counting given below to ensure all strokes fall on the appropriate count. Watch out for the accented hi hat on count 2 of the first bar and make sure this stands out from all other strokes.

Developing a linear groove in 4/4


Step 2

A short Two Sixteenth Note Fill style movement is added at the end of both bars, both as single strokes. In the first bar this is orchestrated between the floor tom and snare and in the second just on the floor tom.

Developing a linear groove in 4/4


Step 3

Place a single floor tom on count 1 of the second bar with the right hand. This will be part of the movement added in the last step at the end of the first bar.

Developing a linear groove in 4/4


Step 4

Place a single bass drum On The 'e' after count 3 in the second bar. This will be immediately after the back beat snare.

Developing a linear groove in 4/4


Step 5

Add a single stroke 'RL' movement starting on the 'a' after count 3 of the second bar. This is orchestrated on the floor tom and high tom.

Developing a linear groove in 4/4