Simple syncopated linear grooves in 5/4 that follow a set eighth note grouping.
In this groove concept you will be creating syncopated linear eighth note 5/4 patterns that all follow a set phrasing. A linear pattern is one where only one voice is used at a time, so patterns like the level 0 grooves wouldn't be linear as they have kicks and snares falling together. The phrasing used for this set of linear patterns will be '334'. Remember, these numbers refer to the amount of eighth notes you will find in each grouping. They will all still be played at an even speed, the phrasing is more to do with how the patterns are orchestrated.
Listed below are examples of grooves using this concept. This list starts simple then gets more complex through the page. Phrase marks have been added in the first example to show how the phrasing falls. Links have been given at the bottom of the page to lessons that may help the learning process. Watch out for accent placement in these grooves, they will work just as well if you choose to ignore the accents but will sound that little bit more interesting if you add them.
- Learn the grooves above up to a tempo of at least 110bpm.
- Create some 4 bar phrases using this concept.
- Create your own linear 5/4 grooves.