Groove Development: 20-07-2021 (4/4 To 7/8)

Switching between two time signatures with a quarter note snare style rhythm.

In this lesson you will be learning a two bar pattern that switches between 4/4 and 7/8. This is built up over five steps, each of which makes the part slightly more complex. In each step, a link to the original lesson on the concept applied is provided where appropriate, it would be worth sidetracking and working through these lessons if you 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, 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 13MB.


Step 1

We'll start out with a level 0 style version of the groove where the Bar Of 7/8 is just the bar of 4/4 cut an eighth note short. Notice that to keep the 4/4 feel in both bars quarter notes are counted for the bar of 7/8 rather than eighth notes.

Switching between 4/4 and 7/8


Step 2

Add sixteenth kicks On The 'a' after count 2 in both bars then after count 4 in the first bar.

Switching between 4/4 and 7/8


Step 3

Then more kicks, this time On The 'a' after count 3 in both bars and on the 'e' after 4 in the first bar.

Switching between 4/4 and 7/8


Step 4

The first two eight notes are accented with Crash Cymbals.

Switching between 4/4 and 7/8


Step 5

Fill in the space between the two crashes with 32nd Notes on the snare, creating a Single Stroke Five style movement.

Switching between 4/4 and 7/8