Foot Speed Using 16th Note Groupings On The Feet - Rhythm 4

Exercises for increasing speed and stamina of your right foot using a rhythm made of a sixteenth note rest followed by three sixteenth notes.

In this lesson you will be using some Semi Quaver Groupings with your feet to create patterns that are quite demanding in terms of speed and stamina. Whilst you are playing these groupings on the feet, your hands will be doing a variety of different things to mix up the patterns. At the bottom of the page you will find a list of other lessons that develop this area of playing in a similar way.

On this page you will be using this grouping. The five exercises given below use the same concepts are in the previous lesson but with the new rhythm applied.

Exercise 1

Here you a playing straight 16ths on the hand. Notice that for the sticking I have included single strokes, double strokes and paradiddles. Don't be afraid to use this as a foot pattern under other rudiments.

Foot speed exercises example 1

Exercise 2

Here you are playing flat flams on the hand in the same rhythm as the feet.

Foot speed exercises example 2

Exercise 3

This is a simple groove pattern with lots of space around the fast kick drums.

Foot speed exercises example 3

Exercise 4

A slightly tougher groove pattern where the rhythm is split between the kick and snare whilst the hi hat maintains eighth notes.

Foot speed exercises example 4

Exercise 5

With this rhythm a kick won't naturally fall on the same beat as a snare as it did in the previous rhythms. So as an extra challenge try playing constant 16th notes. You will probably need to slow this right down!

Foot speed exercises example 5


  1. Using the 2 minute rule, get all exercises up to a tempo of at least 120bpm. Don't be afraid to start slow.
  2. Create your own variations on these patterns. Write as many down as possible.