Groove Development: 09-11-2021 (Six Note Syncopated Double Kick Groove)

A double kick groove based on a set rhythm.

In this lesson you will be learning a two bar double kick groove built around a common six note syncopated movement. This rhythm is then orchestrated between kicks and snares in a slightly unusual way, making an interesting sounding part. The lesson will start with the basic rhythm and is then developed into a full groove over several steps. There will be three separate modifications made, each of which creates its' own perfectly decent sounding part while increasing the difficulty and complexity slightly.

It is very important that you can play the step you are on comfortably before moving on as any parts you get stuck on are going to appear in all subsequent steps. This is particularly important in the first few steps where the double kick rhythm is built up.

You can also download a version of this lesson in PDF format. In this pack you also get an example piece using the final the groove as a basis, two variations on the groove and audio files in MP3 format of all drum parts. This also includes a drumless version of the backing track for you to play a long to. You can purchase this for just $2 by clicking the button below.

NOTE that the file size of this pack is 11.9MB.


Step 1

We're going to start out with The Rhythn the part is based around. This is Four Sixteenth Notes played as singles followed by an eighth note rest. This is played four times over two bars followed by a Five Stroke Roll to allow the part to end at the same time as the second bar. Pay particular attention to the sticking as the feet are going to follow the same movement.

Developing a double kick groove.


Step 2

Orchestrated the snare drum rhythm from the previous step On The Feet using either two bass drums or a Double Kick Pedal. Play quarter notes with the right hand on a crash cymbal. Pay attention to which kicks fall inline with a right hand and use this to help with timing. Developing a double kick groove.


Step 3

Next you are going to add some snares in. Rather than placing them in the standard common/half time positions you will move some of the kicks back to snares. In the first and third blocks the last kick is moved and then also the very last stroke on the four count.

Developing a double kick groove.


Step 4

Add ghosted snares on the sixteenth note before each block of rhythm. These are always on the left hand and always before a right foot kick.

Developing a double kick groove.