This lesson is based on the previous 1 Handed 16 Beat Groove. You will be taking the parts learned in this lesson only switching them to have a swung sixteenth note feel. As discussed in the previous lesson, these patterns are quite demanding on your hand stamind. It will be worth looking at our Level 1 Hand Stamina Exercise and our Level 2 Hand Stamina Exercise before starting these grooves.
The right hand is the important part to focus on in this lesson. Once you can consistantly play the 16th notes with the correct rhythm, various different kick and snare ideas from any previous groove concept lesson can be applied underneath. In this lesson I will focus on patterns that use eigth and quarter notes for the kicks and snares to prevent the parts getting too hard.
The rhythm for the right hand is where this lesson becomes a little different. As discussed in this Level 1 Lesson On Swing Time, there is an abbreviated way to notated parts that are swung that avoids the score becoming too cluttered with triplet signs. The right part written in non abbreviated notation would look like this:
This is quite cluttered so what you will usually see instead of this is the swing time mark at the start of the piece that tells you any group of two 16th notes will be played as if it were a 16th note triplet with the middle note missing. To clarify this grouping, blocks of four 16ths will be beamed slightly differently, you can see this in the example below. So with the abbreviation the right hand looks like this:
So the example shown directly above will sound exactly the same as the first right hand part, it is just notated in a much cleaner way.
Before attempting the grooves listed below, spend some time getting comfortable with this right hand part. Make sure you can play it smoothly and consistently at a tempo of at least 120bpm.
In the examples listed below I have just applied some Level 0 Groove patterns to the 1 hand swung 16th right hand. I have added a couple of half time and double time versions as well.
- Using the 2 minute rule, get all grooves up to a tempo of at least 120bpm.
- Create your own variations on these patterns. Write as many down as possible.
- Apply each groove to a structured phrase including fills.