In this lesson you will be learning another groove construction idea based on the '43333' rhythm, which means these will be fairly similar to those in our '332' Kick And Snare Placement In Grooves. The construction method we will be applying actually makes these parts very similar to this lesson on Syncopated 8th Note Fills, in fact the rhythm and accent placements are the same.
An explanation of the '332' rhythm is given in the lessons linked above and the '43333' is very similar so if you are unfamiliar with this concept check these out. On this page I will show you two different orchestrations of this pattern, each with multiple different ideas for right hand placement.
Snare To Kick Version
In this first version of the groove the snare will be played on the first of each grouping and the remaining notes will be played on a kick. The snare and bass drum part will look like this:
As with most grooves covered previously, you could play straight eighth notes on the right hand over this on any part of the kit. This is very easy to do as the right hand will fall with all kick and snare notes, which would look like this:
The other common right hand pattern is obviously quarter notes. This is a little more tricky to apply but will really highlight the syncopated nature of this rhythm. You may need to slow this groove right down to get comfortable with the note placement.
The final version I will show you has actually already been shown in the lesson on syncopated 8th note fills linked above. Here you will be playing a right hand at the same time as the snare and playing all kicks on there own. That would look like this:
Kick To Snare Version
In this version you will just be reversion the placement of the kick and snares. So the first note of each grouping will be played on a kick and the remaining notes on the snare. That would look like this:
The same right hand ideas can be applied above this, so here it is with eighth note rides:
And again with quarter note crashes. As discussed above, this placement is a little more tricky so don't be afraid to slow it right down.
Then finally with hi hats on all kick notes.
There are many more variations that can be made on this simple construction idea that will be covered in later lessons. For now use the grooves given above to familiarize you with the different feels shown around this rhythm.
- Learn the grooves above up to a tempo of at least 120bpm.
- Orchestrate the right hand in various places around the kit.
- Use the concept as part of a phrased example.
- Try constructing longer patterns based on this rhythm, such as two or four bar grooves.