Rhythm concepts groove displacement pt 5
Adding ghost notes to displaced grooves
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