A simple one bar groove using kicks and snares.
In this lesson you will be learning a groove inspired by the song Eat The Rich by Aerosmith. The part in question comes in halfway through the first verse which is 25 seconds into the video linked. The part in question has a latin samba esque feel to it and is based around a Sixteenth Note 332 kick part with some decorative snare drums added over the top. On this page I will be building up the the full part through a couple of simple steps and then showing a couple of simple variations on the base part. The intention of this lesson is to show how using simple syncopated rhythms can add a bit of a different flavour to your drum parts.
In the first step you are going to take that '332' pattern and play in on the snare and kick in unison. If this isn't a rhythm you are familiar with I haved linked a couple of other lessons based on it below. When playing in unison remember to get the two notes sounding at exactly the same time. Any slight delay will make the part feel sloppy. In a single bar you will be able to play this part twice.
Then to create the full groove all you need to do is play snares over the first four sixteenth notes, which is shown below.
And that is the complete part. The syncopated kick creates that latin esque feel whilst the snare playing a slightly different rhythm gives the part a little more interest.
A very simple way to vary this part would be to have the snares play sixteenths throughout and play accents when they fall with the kick. This is shown below, keep an eye on the sticking as some accents fall on a left hand.
To add a little more definition to the accents, try making any non accented note a grace note.
- Learn the groove a tempo of at least 124bpm, which is the tempo of the recording.
- Experiment with creating your own variations on the ideas presented.
- Try playing a long to the full Aerosmith song.
- Experiment with varying the grooves orchestration to create further parts.