Groove Development: 14-09-2021 (Soft Level 0 Groove)

Building a soft level 0 groove using a cross stick.

In this lesson pack you will be learning a simple two bar groove using a cross stick instead of the snare. This will start with the most basic version of the part and slowly built up to the full pattern. There will be four separate modifications made to this start groove, each of which creates its' own perfectly decent sounding part. You will find each step will increase the difficulty of the part slightly. In each step a link to the original lesson of the concept applied is provided where appropriate, it would be worth sidetracking and working through these lessons if you either 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, 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 16MB.


Step 1

Let's start with a simplified version of the groove where the right hand plays eighth notes on the hi hat with the kick and snare playing quarter notes. Note that the snare has a diagonal line through it, meaning it's played as a Cross Stick. Have a look at This Video for more detail on how to play this.

Developing a soft two bar groove.


Step 2

Add kicks On The '+' after count 2 in both bars. Make sure this lines up correctly with the appropriate right hand.

Developing a soft two bar groove.


Step 3

Move the kick on the first beat of the second bar to the '+' after it.

Developing a soft two bar groove.


Step 4

Open The Hi Hat on the very last '+' count of the two bars.

Developing a soft two bar groove.


Step 5

At the end of the second bar, move the right hand from the hi hat over to the floor tom.

Developing a soft two bar groove.