Groove Development: 29-06-2021 (Two Bar Half Time)

Building a two bar half time part using several basic construction concepts.

In this lesson pack you will be learning a half time groove in 4/4 that uses several basic construction concepts. This will start with a very simple version of the part and slowly built up to a level 3 groove over several steps. There will be five separate modifications made to this start groove, each of which creates its' own perfectly decent sounding part. You will find each step will increase the difficulty of the part slightly and In each step a link to the original lesson of the concept applied is provided where appropriate, it would be worth sidetracking and working through these lessons if you either get stuck or don't understand a particular step.

It is very important that you can play the step you are on comfortably at a decent tempo before moving on as any parts you get stuck on are going to appear in all subsequent steps. At the end of the pack you will find a list of helpful links, suggestions for other concepts that could be applied and a set of suggested target tempos.

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, several variations on the fill 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 16.9MB.


Step 1

As discussed above, you will start out with the most basic form of the groove which is eighth notes on the right hand, a kick on count 1 and a snare on count 3. Take some time to focus on technique and note placement before things get more complicated.

Developing a two bar half time groove.


Step 2

Three right hands Are Removed, leaving three eighth note rests. Make sure you leave the correct Gap, use the mp3 and the given counting to help with this.

Developing a two bar half time groove.


Step 3

Accent the hi hats on counts 1 and 2 in the first and and 2 and 4 in the second. All hi hats are played on the Right Hand so you will be Flicking Between accent and standard strokes.

Developing a two bar half time groove.


Step 4

In the first bar Add Kicks on the 2 and 4, in the second place kicks on the first two '+' counts. These are pretty basic placements so spend some time making sure they don't throw off your accents and they Line Up with the appropriate right hand.

Developing a two bar half time groove.


Step 5

The previous step is then decorated with Offbeat Sixteenth kicks and snares. I like the syncopated feel of the First Snare in the first bar but there is plenty of room for Other Placements. Make sure the sixteenth notes fall exactly in between the two right hands.

Developing a two bar half time groove.


Step 6

Open the two hi hats on the '+' counts after 3 and 4 of the first bar. Let them Ring over the next numbered count then shut again on the '+' after 1 of the second bar.

Developing a two bar half time groove.