In this lesson you will be learning a variation on a previous double kick pattern where blocks of eighth sixteenths were used. The difference here is that there will be an eighth note gap between each block. The patterns used here make great sound grooves, particularly in the metal genre, but we are using them mostly as an exercise in improving your double kick playing.
We'll start off with the sixteenth note rhythm the feet use played on the snare. That looks like this:
Once you are familiar with this, switch it the feet using the right foot instead of the right hand and the left foot instead of the left hand. Over the top of this, play eighth notes on the ride cymbal.
Listed below are some variations on this exercise where the 16th note grouping is used in various ways.
Common time snares under an eighth note ride.
Common time snares under a quarter note crash.
Half time snares under an eighth note hi hat.
Half time snares under a quarter note china.
Double time grooves under eighth note rides.
Quarter note snares under an eighth note ride.
Snares on the first note of each block.
Snares on the last note of each block.
- Using the 2 minute rule, get all grooves with eighth note right hands up to a tempo of at least 160bpm.
- Using the 2 minute rule, get all grooves with quarter note right hands up to a tempo of at least 180bpm.
- Create further variations on these grooves. Think about where else you could place the grouping.
- Apply these grooves to a phrased piece. .