Building a two bar groove with various concepts tied together with a quarter note kick.
In this lesson pack you will be learning a half time groove in 4/4 that uses several basic construction concepts. This will start with a very simple version of the part and slowly built up to a level 3 groove over several steps. There will be five 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 of the part slightly and 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.
It is very important that you can play the step you are on comfortably at a decent tempo before moving on as any parts you get stuck on are going to appear in all subsequent steps. At the end of the pack you will find a list of helpful links, suggestions for other concepts that could be applied and a set of suggested target tempos.
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, several variations on the fill 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 17.1MB.
We'll start out with the simplest version of the concept, a floor tom based common time groove in the first bar that switches to a straight Half Time part in the second. Notice that through both concepts a quarter note kick is maintained, this is known as a Four On The Floor.
In the first bar the right hand toms are replaced with a roll around the kit using a broken sixteenth rhythm. The common snares on 2 and 4 stay the same maintaining the feel of the groove.
The rhythm of the hi hats in the second bar is switched from straight eighths to Broken Sixteenths. Pay attention to the sticking, this will help you when switching from the first bar to the second.
Place a Crash with the backbeat in the second bar, this will help further emphasize the half time feel.
Finally, add another sixteenth note mid tom on the 'e' after count three and switch the unison floor tom and snare to a Flam.