This excerpt is taken from the complete article that appears in the July 2016 issue, which is available here.

Rock ‘N’ Jazz Clinic

Groove Construction

Part 3: Linear Patterns

In this lesson, we’ll create linear grooves by following three simple rules. Linear grooves never have more than one voice played at the same time. In general, I feel that the two most important elements of a groove are the bass drum figure and the snare accents. We’ll start building linear patterns using a skeleton groove that consists of these two components.

Jost Nickel

For the complete lesson with transcriptions, check out the July 2016 issue, which is available here.
 

 
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