Groove Development: 05-03-2019 (2 Bar 5/8 Groove With a '1e a' Right Hand Rhythm)

Build a two bar 5/8 groove using an inappropriate sixteenth note rhythm.

Through this lesson you will learn a two bar groove in 5/8 that is based around a '1e a' sixteenth note grouping on the right hand. There will be six modifications made to a start groove, each of which makes an already tough 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. This is particularly important in the first step with that right hand rhythm. At the bottom of the page you will find a list of suggested target tempos.

The given part doesn't really fit one specific genre so would fit in many styles of music. The syncopated right hand in the odd time signature is very common within progressive and jazz genres but will also work in more straight rock and pop styles.

You can also download a version of this lesson in PDF format. In this pack you also get two extra steps in the groove construction process, three sets of eight bar phrases using the final groove as a basis and 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. You can purchase this for just $2 by clicking the button below.

NOTE that the file size of this pack is 12.2MB.


Step 1

The start point uses a Common Time feel in the time signature of 5/8. Over this the right hand is going to play a '1e a' Sixteenth Note Rhythm, all on the one hand. As you can see in the notation below, this rhythm fits into the a bar of 5/8 two and a half times so it doesn't like up correctly. However, when played over two bars the start of the rhythm lines up with the start of the bar again. This mismatch between the right hand part and the bar line creates Syncopation which makes the part that bit more interesting.

I have orchestrated the right hand on a closed hi hat to allow those quick runs of sixteenth notes to really stand out. The part would work well on the ride also.

Developing a two bar 5/8 groove


Step 2

Add kicks on the '2' counts in each bar. In the first bar the new kick falls in between two right hands where as in the second it is inline with a right.

Developing a two bar 5/8 groove


Step 3

Two more eighth note kicks are added. The first on the 4 of the first bar and then on the 5 of the second bar. Both of these fall in between right hands.

Developing a two bar 5/8 groove


Step 4

Add a snare with the left hand on the 4 count of the second bar.

Developing a two bar 5/8 groove


Step 5

Place a sixteenth note kick in the middle of the two eighth note kicks at the start of each bar. This will create a quick run of notes on the right foot so make sure these are all played at an even dynamic level.

Developing a two bar 5/8 groove