16th Note '332' Kick Snare Placement

In this groove construction lesson you are going to expand on our level 1 '332' Kick And Snare Placement In Grooves where an 8th note '332' style rhythm was used under straight right hand parts with orchestrated kick and snares. What you will be doing here is switching those 8th notes to 16th notes. This will still create some Syncopated grooves but the rhythms will be a little quicker.

It is well worth working through the lesson linked above to familiarize yourself with the slower version of this idea and to make sure you understand what a '332' rhythm is. Below I have shown the rhythm the the kick and snares will be using. Note that two sets of the rhythm fill a bar.

The rhythm for this concept

So that second note in is going to fall on an 'a' count, meaning that if quavers are being played on the right hand this note will fall in between them.

Listed below are some grooves with various orchestrations of the syncopated rhythm and each example is shown with two different right hand parts. I have used three different approaches to application here, either use the rythm in the first half of the bar, the second half or use it twice. Remember to use these examples as suggestions for constructing your own parts, try combining different elements of different examples to create further patterns. If you are struggling with the timing, remember that when quavers are used on the right hand you can 'match' the kicks and snares to these strokes.

Example 1

In the second half of the bar the '332' is played with two kicks followed by a snare.

A 332 rhythmed groove

Example 2

The syncopated rhythm comes in the first half of the bar, the remaining groove uses a very similar rhythm.

A 332 rhythmed groove

Example 3

This time the '332' is played twice within the bar played on a snare followed by two kicks.

A 332 rhythmed groove

Example 4

Again the rhythm is played in the second half of the bar but this time a high tom is added for the last note.

A 332 rhythmed groove

Example 5

An interesting idea that follows a similar concept to the Four On The Floor. The bass drum plays the '332' rhythm constantly with snares falling in an almost Waltz Style pattern. In the first example below the right hand also follows the syncopated rhythm.

A 332 rhythmed groove


  1. Learn the grooves above up to a tempo of at least 120bpm.
  2. Experiment with different placement ideas and orchestrations.
  3. Use the concept as part of a phrased example.
  4. Try constructing longer patterns based on this rhythm, such as two or four bar grooves.
  5. Combine different elements of the grooves given above to create even more construction ideas.


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