Are you tired of playing the same patterns all the time? Looking for something new to spice up your vocabulary?
Here are three ideas that you can use as a springboard for writing new grooves. Each one builds on the previous idea. They’re all played as 16th notes, with a quarter note hi-hat as the glue that holds it all together:
Here’s a group of 3 with a kick stroke at the end (so it’s a group of 4). Since Benny Greb is one of Jared’s favorite drummers, it makes sense to start with a Greb-ism.
Now we have a six note grouping between the hands and foot. Orchestrating this pattern as 16th notes is more of a challenge since it goes over the bar lines if you play more than 16 rotations. But you can get some really unique variations as you move it around the kit.
This 8 note pattern builds on the previous patterns and fits nicely into common time. Add the hi-hat on the quarter notes and you’re off to the races. When you’re ready, go back and forth between all three patterns in whatever order you’d like.
Post a video of yourself playing these patterns on Instagram and tag @jaredfalkdrummer, and you never know – you might win some free swag!
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