Lesson Seven – Quarter Note Grooves with Shoulder Sticking

Lesson Notes

In this series of drum exercises, we'll be playing the bass drum notes on any "off-beat" 16th note, while playing the hi-hats on the quarter notes.

This can be a bit tricky to pick up right off the start. So, to help us, we'll need to count the beats in between. We'll play the hi-hats on "1", "2", "3", and "4", but we'll count the notes in between.

So, in other words, we'll count the "E + A" between the quarter notes, to help us understand the bass drum notes.

Like with anything else related to playing the drums, with practice this skill will become easy.

Exercise One

In the first exercise, we'll play the quarter notes on the hi-hats. The snare drum will fall on counts "2" and "4". The bass drum will be played on "1", the second "A", and the third "+".

Remember if this is difficult, count the beats aloud. Start slowly.

Here's a look at the beat...
Drum Lesson 7 - Off Beat Grooves Exercise 1
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Exercise Two

In the second exercise, we'll again play the quarter notes on "1", "2", "3", and "4". The snare drum will again be played on "2" and "4". The bass drum will be played on "1", the first "A", "3", and the third "+".

Here's a look at this beat...
Drum Lesson 7 - Exercise 2 - Off beat bass drum patterns
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Exercise Three

Exercise three is no different with the quarter notes being played on "1", "2", "3", and "4". The snare remains on "2" and "4". This time, however, the bass drum is played on "1", the second "E", "3", and the third "+".

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Lesson 7 - Exercise 3 - Off beat bass drum patterns
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Exercise Four

Once you have a grasp on exercises 1-3, then exercise four should be a breeze. We'll keep the quarter notes on "1", "2", "3", and "4". The snare is played on "2" and "4". The bass drum will be played on "1", the second "A", and then immediately on the "3". You'll need to "bounce" the kick on the bass drum to make this work.

Here's a look at the beat...
Drum Lesson 7  - Exercise 4  - Bounce kick drum to play off-beats
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