'Blind' Offbeat 16th Kick Intro Groove

Learn to play a groove that has a lot of offbeat 16th notes on both the snare and kick inspired by this korn song.

In this lesson you will be learning a groove inspired by the song Blind by Korn. You can hear the pattern around 52 seconds into the video linked, which is when everything kicks in and it all goes a bit heavy. The groove in question is a one bar pattern that has an eighth note right hand on an open hi hat with a combination of sixteenth and eighth note kicks and snares. If you haven't approached this kind of groove before this lesson is for you as I will be building the part up in a step by step process. You can see the full groove by skipping to the bottom of the page. In the original song there are many variations on this groove throughout the song, what is presented on this page is based on the most commonly used version of it.

It may worth you checking out some of our offbeat 16th note lessons, which are linked at the bottom of the page, as they will really help with this pattern. In all steps below, always feel free to slow down the part if you are struggling with timing.


Step 1

The foundation for this groove will be a simple level 0 style pattern. This won't really sound much like the song but don't worry about that for now.

The foundation for the part.

Step 2

Most steps on this list will involve doubling up the bass drums from the original groove. In this case you will do that on beat one by adding an extra kick on the 'e' straight after.

Building up to the Blind groove

Step 3

Then apply a similar idea by adding a kick on the 'a' after beat 2. That will double up the kick on the '+' count.

Building up to the Blind groove

Step 4

This step still involves doubling up but to achieve that affect this time the kick is going to come before the existing kick rather than after it. That will come on the 'e' after beat 3, just before the existing kick on the '+' after beat 3.

Building up to the Blind groove

Step 5

Now add a kick on the 'a' count after beat 1, just before the first snare.

Building up to the Blind groove

Step 6

To complete the groove you just need to add a snare on the 'a' count after beat 4.

Building up to the Blind groove

TASK

  1. Learn all given examples up to a tempo of at least 94bpm, which is the tempo of the song.
  2. Experiment with creating your own grooves using the ideas presented.
  3. Try playing a long to the full Korn song and try to pick out some of the variations.