Groove Of The Week #78

Let’s get groovin’

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This week’s groove is a 2 bar pattern which uses ghost notes to spice up the groove. Let’s get to it.

Get The Groove

Let’s start by checking out the basic 2 bar groove that we’ll augment with ghost notes.

The basic groove
Basic Funkiness

Hopefully you can already play this groove. Note the use of the rim shot on the snare drum throughout the groove. This is an aggressive sounding funk rock groove, the snare drum rim shot on the “ah” of 2 really helps to drive it forward.

Now let’s add in some ghost notes to make things funkier.

The basic groove with ghost notes added
Extra Funkiness

I’ve added ghost notes to make the groove a little busier and to provide a contrast to the loud snare drum notes. The ghost notes on the “ah” of 4 help to move the groove along. The ghost notes on the “e” and “&” of 1 on the second bar provide a bit more rhythmic interest and pair well with bass drums on beat 1 and the “ah” of 1.

Go slow with this groove and work on getting a good contrast between your loud snare drum rimshots and soft ghost notes. Get used to moving between the two dynamic levels.

Take It Further

Whenever you learn a new groove, you want to get comfortable adding drum fills to it. I always start with simple drum fills just to get used to moving in and out of the groove at different points. Here’s 3 basic fills to try with this groove.

Groove of the week + fills
Fill ’em up!

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