Groove Development: 23-11-2021 (Blast Beat To Unusual Syncopation)

A double kick groove based on a set rhythm.

In this lesson you will be learning a two bar groove combining a subdivided blast beat style part with an unusual syncopated groove. This will start with a basic version of the part and is then developed into the full groove. There will be four separate modifications made, each of which creates its' own perfectly decent sounding part while increasing the difficulty and complexity slightly.

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 16.5MB.


Step 1

The first step is a style of Blast Beat where the two hands play eighth notes with the left on the snare and the right the ride. This is then split up with bass drums on the 'e' and 'a' counts making a really useful co ordination exercise. At higher tempos the bass drums could be split over two feet but in the context we'll be looking at one kick is fine.

Developing a fast groove.


Step 2

In the second bar the placement of kicks and snares is altered to start creating the Syncopation. Make sure the appropriate kick or snare lines up with the right hand and use counting to help maintain the constant sixteenth notes.

Developing a fast groove.


Step 3

On counts 1 and 3 of the second bar, switch the right hands to play in time with the bass drums. This will further emphasize the new rhythm the kick and snares are playing.

Developing a fast groove.


Step 4

On counts 1 and 2 of the second bar move the second ride cymbal to the 'a' count. The first of these is with a snare and the second a kick and the ride cymbal helps accent each of these.

Developing a fast groove.


Step 5

Replace the two right hands on count 4 with one ride cymbal on the 'e' count in time with the snare.

Developing a fast groove.