In this groove construction lesson you will be emphasizing the last 'a' count of a bar to alter the perception of where a bar starts, which is often referred to as a 'pushed' crash. Back in level 1 a similar idea was applied using eighth notes and you can find a link to this lesson, and others you may find useful, at the bottom of the page. Around the crash on the 'a' after count 4, various different right hand ideas can be applied to further emphasize the part and some of these will be explored on this page. As always, use the given parts as a starting point to create your own groove parts.
In this first example a simple level 0 groove pattern is used with the kick from the start of the second bar pushed back slightly to get under the crash accent.
This is a nice introduction to the idea and when you've learned the given part try switching the kick and snare part out for other level 0 grooves. When you are happy with that you could start adding more ideas in around it such as offbeat 16th kicks and snares. As long as that 'a' count crash stays where it is you can mix the part up as much as you like.
In this next version the right hand immediately after the crash has been removed. This is useful in keeping the part relaxed as you have cut out any potential quick right hand jumps. It is a similar idea to switching out the first crash in an eighth note right hand part for a quarter note.
A similar idea to the last is applied here with even more space added around that 'a' accent. Here this is achieved by removing the right hand that was on the '+' counts after the 4 and 1.
This example applies that similar space creation idea but with a quarter note right hand part.
Adding a snare just before the crash sounds pretty cool and again, can help emphasize that accented note.
The final idea I'll show you is a short burst of sixteenth note fill just before the crash to add some further interest. Experiment with some different orchestrations around this part.
- Learn the grooves above and get a feel for how the 'pushed' concept works in this context.
- Use the given ideas to create your own versions of this concept.
- Apply the idea at different points in the bar.
- Apply your newly learned grooves to a piece of music.