Rhythm con­cepts groove dis­place­ment pt 5

Adding ghost notes to dis­placed grooves

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Wel­come to the fifth part in our series of groove dis­place­ment lessons. This month we’ll be ap­ply­ing ghost notes to our dis­placed grooves. Groove dis­place­ment in­volves the shift­ing of the main beats of a groove to the off beats of the bar. For a more de­tailed ex­pla­na­tion see the pre­vi­ous lessons ( Rhythm 281-284).

In this case, we’ll be dis­plac­ing the en­tire bar of a groove in 4/4 by one eighth note, putting the back­beats on the ‘&’ of beat two and the ‘&’ of beat four. Play all the ex­am­ples over a steady quar­ter note pulse. When dis­plac­ing a groove in this way the ghosted 16th notes re­main on the ‘e’ and ‘a’ through­out. Make sure to count out loud and main­tain a good dy­namic bal­ance be­tween the back­beats and ghost notes. Fo­cus on keep­ing the ghost notes low to the drum and quiet in re­la­tion to the back­beats.

Ex­am­ple 1a il­lus­trates a sim­ple groove with a ba­sic ghost note pa­tern. Ex­am­ple 1b shows the same groove dis­placed by an eighth note. Ex­am­ple 2a and 2b in­tro­duce ad­di­tional ghost notes to the pat­tern. Ex­am­ples 3 and 4 in­tro­duce more syn­co­pated bass drum pat­terns. The stepped hi-hat pat­tern in the video is only for ref­er­ence. As al­ways, prac­tise these rhyth­mic con­cepts with a metronome or rhythm sec­tion, and count out loud.

your tu­tor Erik Stams www.erik­stams.co.uk

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