Moving The Left Hand

A short lesson on adding some interest to a groove by moving, or orchestrating, the left hand.

This lesson will show you how to easily spice up a groove in a similar way to our lesson on moving the right hand in a groove, only we will now be moving the left hand. This concept is as simple as taking your left hand away from the snare and playing it on a tom or cymbal.

Listed below are three examples of where you could move your left hand to. Obviously this isn't an extensive list, you could move it anywhere on the kit, but these three are the kind of thing you will see most often.


Left Hand On The High Tom

An groove with the left hand on the high tom


Left Hand On The Floor Tom

You will see this most often done when the right hand is on the ride as it is much easier to reach the floor tom that way. If you're feeling particularly flash you could play the ride with the left hand and the floor tom with the right.

An groove with the left hand on the floor tom


Left Hand On The Hi Hat

Again, this is most commonly done when the right hand is on the ride. Notice that both the hi hat and ride are written in the same voice.

An groove with the left hand on the hi hat


TASK

  1. Learn the grooves above.
  2. Create your own versions of these grooves.
  3. Experiment with where else you could move your left hand to.

This pattern also works quite nicely as a subtle fill. Written below are three four bar patterns showing how these patterns can be implemented as fills:

Example 1

An four bar example


Example 2

An four bar example


Example 3

An four bar example