Lesson Six – Sixteenth Note Grooves

Lesson Notes

For these exercises, the snare will always be played on "2" and "4". The bass drum will always be played in unison with the hi-hats. This is different from what we saw in the last lesson, playing off beat grooves. The bass drum patterns in this lesson are the same as in the last lesson. The change is simply how we are handling the hi-hat notes.

There are 8 exercises in this lesson.

Exercises 1-4 will all be played single-handed, while exercises 5-8 will be played "hand to hand".

Exercise One

In the first exercise, we will play 16th notes on the hi-hats with a single hand. The snare is played on "2" and "4". The bass drum is played on "1", the second "A", and the third "+". (If you are having difficulty keeping the 16th notes even with one hand, it may be best to start with exercise 5.)

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Exercise 1 - 16th note groove patterns
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Exercise Two

We'll keep the single-handed 16th notes on the hi-hats in this exercise. The snare drum will again be played on "2" and "4". The bass drum should be played on "1", the first "A", "3", and the third "+".

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Exercise 2 - 16th note grooves - bass drum variation
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Exercise Three

By now, you should have a pretty strong grasp of playing those 16th notes with a single hand. We'll continue it here. The snare stays on "2" and "4", the bass drum is played on "1", the second "E", "3", and the third "+".

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Exercise 3 - Single hand 16ths bass drum variation
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Exercise Four

The fourth exercise continues with the 16th notes played single-handed. The snare remains on "2" and "4". The bass drum will need to be "bounced" to create the double beat on the second "A" and the "3". The bass drum is played on "1", the second "A" and "3".

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Exercise 4 - 16th notes groove bass drum bounce
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For exercises 5-8, we'll play the same notes as we did in exercises 1-4, in the same locations. The only difference is that we will be playing the 16th notes with both hands, or "hand to hand". Some may find it easier to play exercises 5-8. If this applies to you, you can start with these and tackle the single-handed exercises after you've mastered these.

Exercise Five

Hand to hand 16th notes. Here's a look at the notation...
Hand to Hand 16ths exercise 5
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Exercise Six

Hand to hand 16ths. Here's a look at the notation...
Hand to hand 16ths - Exercise 6
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Hand to hand 16ths. Here's a look at the notation...
Hand to hand 16ths - Exercise 7
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Exercise Eight

Hand to hand 16ths. Here's a look at the notation...
Hand to hand 16ths - Exercise 8
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