Linear 'R L L F' Full Bar Groove In 3/4

The grooves in this lesson will all be full bar Linear Patterns using the 'R L L F' pattern in the time signature of 3/4. You will be presented with various different construction ideas around this part, some touched on in previous lessons. Make sure you have covered the linked lesson on the basic R L L F pattern and can play it at a decent tempo, 130 and above would be ideal. Some of these patterns will be similar to our 4/4 Linear 'R L L F' Full Bar Grooves lesson so it may be helpful to look at this too.

The grooves will be built from the accented version of the exercise, so there will be plenty of Ghost Notes but you will be moving the first stroke of each grouping to an alternate part of the kit in most cases. Hi hats have been used in a lot of examples on this page but you could move this to any part of the kit you like. Short, sharp sounds are best to prevent the subtle ghost notes being lost.

With A Waltz Feel

A version in a waltz feel

Accent Beat 3

Accenting beat 3

Accent Beat 2

Accenting Beat 2

Accent Beat 1

Accenting beat 1

Accent Beats 1 And 3

Accenting beats 1 and 3

Accent Beats 1 And 2

Accenting beats 1 and 2


  1. Using the 2 minute rule, get the grooves up to a tempo of at least 130bpm.

Ideas For Variation

Listed below are some simple ideas to experiment with to create further versions of this groove.

  • Add additonal bass drums. Doing this will mean the groove is no longer 'linear' but still creates some cool sounding parts.
  • Switch around where the hi hats and snares fall.
  • Open some hi hats.
  • Add in ride bells.
  • Alter which beat of the bar you start the pattern on.
  • Use this groove for half a bar, fill the other half with another groove idea.
  • Use this groove as part of a two bar pattern.

A Short Piece

Below you will find a short piece using the grooves listed above. Some fills using the 'R L L F' pattern have also been used.

A piece using the groove 


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