Lesson Five – Off the Beat Grooves

Lesson Notes

In these drum exercises, we'll be playing 8th notes on the hi-hats, but we will play the bass drum as "off beats" at different points.

Because we will be playing the bass drum on the notes in between the 8th notes on the hi-hats, the hi-hat notes will actually become 16th notes.

Exercise One

In exercise one, we'll play the 8th notes on the hi-hats. The snare will fall on the "2" and the "4". The bass drum is where we'll get creative, playing it on "1" the second "A", and the third "+".

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Exercise 1 - Off beat grooves drum set
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Exercise Two

In exercise two, we'll play the 8th notes again on the hi-hat. The snare drum will again be played on "2" and "4". The bass drum will fall on "1", the first "A", and then "3" and the third "+".

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Exercise Two - Play the off beat groove
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Exercise Three

For the third exercise, we'll continue keeping the hi-hats playing on the 8th notes. The snare will remain on "2" and "4". The bass drum will be played on "1", the second "E", "3" and the third "+".

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Exercise 3 - Off beat drum lesson music
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Exercise Four

The fourth exercise "ups" the challenge a bit. We'll need to concentrate on bouncing the "kick" on the bass drum. This will take a little practice to master completely. The bass pedal that you use will play into how you accomplish this. It may be best to press half way down on the pedal for the first of the double beats. The second beat can be played with additional pressure. This may produce the necessary "bounce" that's needed to pull this off.

We'll keep with the hi-hats playing the 8th notes. The snare will be played on the "2" and the "4". The bass drum will be played on beats "1", the second "A", and "3".

Here's a look at the beat...
Exercise 4 - Double beat on bass drum
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