Groove Development: 16-11-2021 (Two Bar Groove With Common Offbeat Placements)

A double kick groove based on a set rhythm.

In this lesson you will be learning a relatively simple two bar groove using common offbeat sixteenth note placements. The lesson will start with the basic version of the part and is then developed into a full groove over several steps. There will be five 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 in the first few steps where the double kick rhythm is built up.

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 14.9MB.


Step 1

Start out with a Level 0 style groove built of Crotchets And Quavers where the right hand plays quavers On The Ride. Make sure all kicks and snares line up with the appropriate hand and that your timing is consistent throughout.

Developing a fairly standard groove.


Step 2

Add crotchets on the Left Foot using the hi hat pedal. This will help solidify the pulse which is useful when the offbeat sixteenths start getting added later on. Make sure these fall in time with the appropriate right hand, don't let them throw your timing off.

Developing a fairly standard groove.


Step 3

Displace the last backbeat snare to the following eighth note count. In this version all other snares remain in place but experiment with shifting other beats over both bars.

Developing a fairly standard groove.


Step 4

Add sixteenth snares On The 'a' counts after the first three backbeat snares. Focus on the timing of these, they should fall exactly in the middle of the two right hand strokes either side.

Developing a fairly standard groove.


Step 5

Add three ghosted snares On The 'e' counts after beat 3 of both bars then also beat 1 of the second bar. As well as working on placing the notes on the appropriate count, you need to make sure the new strokes are played really softly.

Developing a fairly standard groove.