16th Note '233332' Kick Snare Placement

Building a 4/4 groove around a full bar syncopated 16th note rhythm.

In this syncopated groove construction lesson you are going to be building one bar grooves based on around a '23332' rhythm, which is a combination of two very common rhythms. Similar ideas have been applied around various other forms of this rhythm and you can find these linked at the bottom of the page. The parts on this page will be very similar, just using that new rhythm.

The starting point for these grooves will be that straight '233332' rhythm and this is shown below.

The rhythm for this concept

Listed below are some grooves with various orchestrations of the syncopated rhythm and each example is shown with two different right hand parts. Remember to use these examples as suggestions for constructing your own parts, try combining different elements of different examples to create further patterns. If you are struggling with the timing, remember that when quavers are used on the right hand you can 'match' the kicks and snares to some of these strokes.

Example 1

A 233332 rhythmed groove

Example 2

A 233332 rhythmed groove

Example 3

A 233332 rhythmed groove

Example 4

A 233332 rhythmed groove

Example 5

A 233332 rhythmed groove


  1. Learn the grooves above up to a tempo of at least 120bpm.
  2. Experiment with different placement ideas and orchestrations.
  3. Use the concept as part of a phrased example.
  4. Try constructing longer patterns based on this rhythm, such as two or four bar grooves.
  5. Combine different elements of the grooves given above to create even more construction ideas.