groove displacement pt 2
Shifting your groove in time
This month we will continue to explore the concept of groove
displacement by shifting an entire bar of groove by a single eighth note. At first glance, this lesson may bear a remarkable resemblance to last month’s lesson, with one small, but very important difference – the continuous, accented quarter-note pulse.
In the following examples, the hi-hat pattern emphasises the quarter-note pulse, regardless of where the bass drum and snare hits falls. Maintain a driving accented hi-hat pattern throughout. Example 1a shows a simple backbeat groove. The video includes stepped quarter notes on the hi-hat for reference purposes only. Example 1b shows the entire groove being displaced by an eighth note. Count out loud when practising in order to ensure that you know exactly where you are in the music at all times. Play each exercise individually, and then try playing four bars of each pattern (A&B) in a loop while maintaining steady time. The video shows a two-bar loop. Examples 2, 3 and 4 incorporate variations on the bass drum. This concept can be explored using any groove that comes to mind.
The accented quarter notes will help provide rhythmic continuity, but the application of this device can be rhythmically disruptive and ought to be used sparingly. Fellow band members and dancers may think you have made a mistake if you are not absolutely confident in your sense of time. The accented quarter notes will help provide rhythmic continuity. Try practising these concepts with a bass player or rhythm section in order to fully understand how they work in a musical context..