Snare Based Grooves


These grooves use the snare drum to carry the beat. Accents, rimshots, and diddle strokes add dynamics and articulation to bring the grooves to life.

If you’re having difficulty playing the rimshots, diddles, or hi-hat foot, these grooves still sound great with those elements left out. As always, start slowly so you can build the muscle memory needed to play at quicker tempos.

Groove number 6 incorporates a few tom strokes to add a syncopated melody layer on top of the groove.

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