In this lesson you will be taking both the half time and swung 16 Beat Groove learned previously in level 2 and combining them. Links to both of these lessons can be found at the bottom of the page a long with some other lessons you may find useful. I strongly recommend working through some of these before starting the parts on this page as everything presented here is just variations on those ideas.
Remember that for this style of groove the snare tends to be notated in voice 1 to clarify the single stroke roll played on the hands. Below are two examples of what the hands will play for this pattern, the first is notated with triplets. Note that as in the previous version of this groove the back beat snares are played with the right hand.
Then notated in swing time shorthand. The example below will sound exactly the same as the example above, it is just the notation that is different.
The hi hats here can be either open or closed. Closed hi hats give a more precise, clear sound whilst open hi hats create a loud energetic sound.
Below I have provided several examples of bass drums applied under this hand pattern to create some grooves. Be aware that in some examples extra snares have been added that will be played on the left hand. The rule here is that if the count is a number or an '+' it will be a right hand, if it's an 'a' or an 'e' it will be a left. All examples use the short hand form of notation.
- Learn the grooves above up to a tempo of at least 120bpm.
- Create some 4 bar phrases using these grooves.
- Experiment with different kick and snare combinations.
- Try orchestrating the hands to create more grooves.