'Say You Will' Groove Variation Concept

A two bar groove where snares are removed. Using this Foreigner song as an example.

In this lesson you will be learning a groove inspired by the song Say You Will by Foreigner. You can hear the groove at around 1:32 in the linked video. The groove in question is a two bar groove based on simple level 0 ideas that then has any snares on beat 2 removed. This is a very simple idea but is a great way of varying your parts.

On this page I will show the original groove from the song that is used through the first verse and chorus then the variation in verse 2 with the removed snares. I will then give a couple of additional examples of this idea applied to other grooves. First off, here is the original groove.

The basis for this groove

Then with any snare on beat 2 removed.

The basis for this groove

So whilst this is a very simple idea, it has a very drastic affect on the sound of the groove whilst still keeping the original feel of the part. Below are two further examples of this applied to other grooves.


Example 1

Original

The basis for this groove

Snares Removed

The basis for this groove


Example 2

Original

The basis for this groove

Snares Removed

The basis for this groove


TASK

  1. Learn all given examples up to a tempo of at least 126bpm which is the tempo of the song.
  2. Experiment with creating your own grooves by removing snares from parts you already know.
  3. Try playing a long to the full Foreigner song.