Double Time Grooves With Kicks On The 'a' Count

Double time grooves that have 16th kicks falling on the 'a' count.

In this lesson you will be developing the grooves learned in our Double 16ths In Double Time and 16th Note Rests In Double Time lessons by adding 16th notes on the 'a' count. This lesson will be much easier to follow if you have worked through these grooves already.

A counting checker has been included for each groove to ensure you have the timing right. In each example start off at a slow tempo and gradually build the speed up, use the Two Minute Rule if necessary.


Groove 1

In this first groove you are adding kicks on the 'a' after beats 1 and 3.

Groove 1 Check Your Counting:

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The counting for this rhythm is: 1 +a2 + 3 +a4 +


Groove 2

Using this idea you can create two distinct patterns. In the first you will get two 16th notes together, one on the 'a' and one on the following numbered count. In this groove you will achieve this by replacing the eighth note rests from the previous groove with bass drums. This gives a pattern similar to this groove but quicker.

Groove 2 Check Your Counting:

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The counting for this rhythm is: 1 +a2 + 3 +a4 +


Groove 3

In this groove you are using the same idea as groove two but on every beat of the bar.

Groove 3 Check Your Counting:

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The counting for this rhythm is: 1 +a2 +a3 +a4 +a


Groove 4

This groove adds in a 16th note rest.

Groove 4 Check Your Counting:

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The counting for this rhythm is: 1 +a2 + 3e+a4 +


Groove 5

This groove adds in double 16th kicks.

Groove 5 Check Your Counting:

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The counting for this rhythm is: 1e+a2 + 3 + 4e+


Groove 6

For the second pattern you will follow the 'a' count with a rest. This will create patterns like this groove.

Groove 6 Check Your Counting:

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The counting for this rhythm is: 1 +a2e+ 3 +a4e+


Groove 7

In this groove you use the pattern multiple times.

Groove 7 Check Your Counting:

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The counting for this rhythm is: 1 +a2e+a3e+a4e+


Groove 8

In this groove you are throwing in some extra 16th note rests.

Groove 8 Check Your Counting:

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The counting for this rhythm is: 1e+a2e+3e+4e+


Groove 9

Finally you will be combining various ideas covered in this and previous lessons.

Groove 9 Check Your Counting:

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The counting for this rhythm is: 1 +a2e+a3 + 4 +


TASKS

  1. Using the 2 minute rule, get all grooves up to a tempo of at least 130bpm.
  2. Create your own variations on these patterns. Write as many down as possible.
  3. Use these patterns as part of a longer phrase.