In this lesson you will be applying the '1 +a' sixteenth note grouping to the right hand of a two bar 7/8 groove. In this version the rhythm is going to overlap the bar line causing the second bar to feel different to the first. By applying this fairly standard rhythm in an odd time signature you will easily create interesting syncopated parts, particularly when a more straight and repetitive kick/snare pattern is applied underneath.
Let's stat off by looking at the rhythm for the right hand. I have shown this below with phrase markings to clarify where the groupings fall. Try playing this rhythm slowly a long with a metronome.
Before trying the groove variations listed below, make sure you are comfortable with this base rhythm. A slight emphasis should be put on the first of the sixteenth notes across both bars to keep that solid '1e a' feel, this will become more difficult as more complex kick and snare parts are added underneath. With all examples, take your time and build up the tempo once you have note placement accurate. At the bottom of the page you will find a collection of links to other lessons you may find useful.
- Learn all grooves up to a tempo of at least 125bpm.
- Create your own grooves using the given parts as a starting point.
- Apply these pattern within a longer phrase.
- Experiment with different rhythms on the right hand.