7/4 Grooves

A introduction to playing grooves in the time signature of 7/4.

Make sure you've read through our lesson on Time Signatures before working through this lesson.

7/4 is generally a Simple time signature that is the equivalent to a bar of 4/4 and a bar of 3/4 combined. It is counted '1 2 3 4 5 6 7' with the same rules as 4/4 for adding quavers and semi quavers. Listed below are several examples of 7/4 grooves.


Example 1

A 7/4 groove


Example 2

A 7/4 groove


Example 3

A 7/4 groove


Example 4

A half time 6/4 groove.

A 7/4 groove


Example 5

A double time 6/4 groove.

A 7/4 groove


Example 6

A 7/4 groove


TASKS

  • Learn the grooves above up to a tempo of at least 130bpm.
  • Think about fill construction in 7/4.
  • Create some 4 bar phrases in 7/4. For now, use three bars of a groove followed by one bar of a different groove.