Adding 8th Note Rests To The Right Hand

Add some rests to the right hand to create more rhythmic interest in a groove.

In this groove concept you will be adding eighth note rests into the right hand part of a groove to create a slightly different rhythmic effect. To achieve this you are just going to remove certain right hand strokes. Various examples of this are shown below. For each exercise the hi hat part has been given as well as an example with groove applied. Hi hats have been used in all examples but experiment with different parts of the kit for the right hand. Some of these patterns get very similar to the Offbeat 8th Notes idea discussed in level 1.

You will only find rests added on the numbered counts, if rests were to fall on the '+' counts the previous note would just be written as a crotchet.


Exercise 1

A rest on beat 1.

A groove with 8th note rests in the right hand


Exercise 2

An eighth note rests on beat 2.

A groove with 8th note rests in the right hand


Exercise 3

Here the rest is added on beat 3.

A groove with 8th note rests in the right hand


Exercise 4

A rest on beat 4.

A groove with 8th note rests in the right hand


Exercise 5

Placing rests on beats 1 and 3.

A groove with 8th note rests in the right hand


Exercise 6

Placing rests on beats 2 and 4.

A groove with 8th note rests in the right hand


Exercise 7

Placing rests on beats 1 and 4.

A groove with 8th note rests in the right hand


Exercise 8

Placing rests on beats 2 and 3.

A groove with 8th note rests in the right hand


TASKS

  • Learn the grooves above up to a tempo of at least 150bpm.
  • Think about how this concept could apply to fill construction.
  • Create some 4 bar phrases using these grooves.