Groove Development: 19-10-2021 (16 Beat To Paradiddle Groove)

Building a groove based on sixteenth notes played between the ride and hi hat.

In this lesson you will be learning an orchestrated sixteen beat style groove that switches between single stroke and a paradiddle stickings. Around these base movements, a common time back beat is added a long with a fairly repetitive kick part and off beat accents. The lesson will start with the most basic version of the sixteen beat patterns then slowly builds to the final groove. There will be four separate modifications made, each of which creates its' own perfectly decent sounding part while increasing the difficulty and complexity slightly.

It is very important that you can play the step you are on comfortably before moving on as any parts you get stuck on are going to appear in all subsequent steps. This is particularly important with the sticking in the first 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, two variations on the groove 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 13.9MB.


Step 1

Start out with a bar of Standard 16 Beat followed by a bar of Paradiddle style 16 Beat. In both bars, the right hand plays on the ride and the left the hi hat. Kicks are kept simple by placing on counts 1 and 3, all of which fall inline with a right hand. Spend some time making sure you are comfortable with all the movements involved and that all note placement is accurate.

Developing a 16 beat groove.


Step 2

Four more kicks are added On The '+' counts after the 1 and 3 in both bars to create a common level 1 style movement. Again, these all fall with a right hand and focus on making sure these new strokes Line Up appropriately.

Developing a 16 beat groove.


Step 3

A sixteenth kick is added on the 'e' immediately after each back beat snare. This time these fall with a left hand hi hat, make sure the note placement is as accurate as when those that fall with the right hand.

Developing a 16 beat groove.


Step 4

So far the kick pattern has been quite repetitive so let's mix that up a bit. The kick on count 1 of the second bar is removed and a new kick is added on the 'a' after count 4. Don't let this change in the kick rhythm affect the sticking.

Developing a 16 beat groove.


Step 5

The hi hat on the last 'a' count of each bar is Opened then immediately shut again on the following sixteenth, creating a quick stabby accent. Both of these open hi hats are played with left hands and are immediately followed by a right hand on the ride.

Developing a 16 beat groove.