ROCK ‘N’ JAZZ CLINIC
Part 1: Snare Displacement
by Jost Nickel
In measure 2, the snare and bass drum play simultaneously on the “&” of beat 1. If this happens in these variations, the bass drum can be omitted. This also occurs in measure 4 on the “e” of beat 2.
These grooves are crying out for ghost notes. We’ll use two steps to find ghost-note patterns that go well with all of the grooves we have covered so far. First, we’ll play ghost notes on every offbeat 16th note. Here’s an example using measure 1 from Exercise 3.
Next, we’ll omit the ghost notes that occur before and after the snare accents. Looking at Exercise 4, we’ll drop the ghost notes on the “a” of beat 3 and the “e” of beat 4. This makes the groove easier to play.
In the following example, ghost notes are added to the patterns in Exercise 3.
All of the grooves in this lesson have the same bass drum pattern. If you feel like creating more variations, choose a different one-measure bass drum rhythm from Exercises 7 through 9 and continue as described. Each measure in the following examples can be used to create six displaced groove variations.
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