Groove Concepts - 16th Notes And Ride Bells

Ideas for right hand variation making use of rhythm and orchestration.

This concept for the right hand is a development of our Right Hand 16ths idea. In this lesson you will be taking two of the rhythms shown in this lesson and orchestrating it between the ride and ride bell. In these examples hitting the ride bell will create a natural accent giving a groove an extra layer of rhythmic interest.

The first right hand rhythm we'll cover is shown below.

The right hand rhythm

This is an orchestrated version of this rhythm with the numbered counts played on the bell of the ride. You will play this all with the right hand.


In the following examples kicks and snares have been added under the right hand pattern to create some grooves.

Example 1

A groove using 16th note groupings and ride bells


Example 2

Adding snares on the 'e' counts gives a constant 16th note feel.

A groove using 16th note groupings and ride bells


Example 3

A groove using 16th note groupings and ride bells


Example 4

You can also add kicks to create the same effect.

A groove using 16th note groupings and ride bells


In the rest of the example grooves the rhythm is used at select points in the bar. These patterns work nicely as grooves but can also be thrown in as fills.

Example 5

A groove using 16th note groupings and ride bells


Example 6

A groove using 16th note groupings and ride bells


Example 7

A groove using 16th note groupings and ride bells


TASKS

  • Learn the grooves above up to a tempo of at least 150bpm.
  • Create your own variations on the patterns above.
  • Apply these grooves to longer phrases that combine them with fills.