The Swampy Double Groove

Grease Up Your Phrases

by Rich Redmond

With double grooves, the left hand plays every 8th note using unaccented strokes in between accented backbeats. I refer to these unaccented notes as “taps.” Combining this snare pattern with a standard 8th-note hi-hat figure results in a locomotive groove with a lot of energy.

This concept thrives comfortably in multiple genres, such as Americana, rockabilly, country, and various types of music from New Orleans and Memphis. Any time I need to grease something up or get “swampy,” I’ll pull this idea out of my bag of tricks. Crafty drummers can also use this concept in many other styles. The examples included here are just the beginning. Try playing the right-hand pattern on hi-hats, rides, crashes, rims, or cowbells. Get swampy!

Rich Redmond drums for country star Jason Aldean, is an award-winning clinician, and is an active session drummer in Nashville and Los Angeles. His recent book/DVD, FUNdamentals of Drumming for Kids (coauthored with Michael Aubrecht), is available through Modern Drummer Publications.