In this concept you will essentially be turning your left foot into a metronome when playing a groove. This only really works when the right hand is not playing the hi hat. Whilst this does add an extra layer of rhythm to the groove, it's main purpose is time keeping. It is quite useful when a groove gets more complex as it adds a sort of 'latching point' to the pulse. This idea has been applied in other time signatures previously but through this page you will be focusing on 3/4.
Applying this concept is incredibly simple, take an existing groove and add quarter notes on the left foot underneath. Several examples of this are added below. At the bottom of the page you will find links to lessons you may find useful when learning these parts, this includes lessons on developing foot speed and strength.
- Learn the grooves above up to a tempo of at least 130bpm.
- Create your own grooves based on this idea.
- Create some 4 bar phrases in 3/4. For now, use three bars of a groove followed by one bar of a different groove.