Groove Development: 12-10-2021 (Simple Left Hand Ideas)

Creating a groove that experiments with orchestrating the back beat.

In this lesson you will be learning a softer groove where a minimal left hand pattern is used. Various sixteenth ghosted snares and right hands are then added around this. This will start with the most basic version of the part and slowly build up to the full groove. There will be four 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 slightly. 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.

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, two variations on the groove 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 13.3MB.


Step 1

We'll start out with a kick and ride pattern using eighth notes. The left hands are going to be built around this so it is important to get comfortable with the placement now. Make sure all kicks line up with the appropriate right hand.

Developing an extreme metal groove.


Step 2

On count 4 of each bar play a floor tom with the Left Hand. With the right hand being on the ride cymbal this is an easy movement to make.

Developing an extreme metal groove.


Step 3

Add a backbeat snare on count 2, but only in the second bar. This means there is only one full/strong backbeat over the two bars, giving a fairly sparse and open sound.

Developing an extreme metal groove.


Step 4

Add a quarter note count with the Left Foot using the hi hat pedal. I find this emphasises the empty space at the start of the first bar as well as helping with time keeping.

Developing an extreme metal groove.


Step 5

The groove is padded out with the addition of ghosted snares On The 'e' counts after 1 And 3 in both bars. Make sure these fall exactly on the appropriate count and are considerably softer than all other strokes.

Developing an extreme metal groove.