Syncopated Sixteenths Rock GroovesNate Brown
This syncopated groove plays the bass drum along with all of the sixteenth notes on the hi-hat. Be sure to play all of the hi-hat strokes with your right stick (or left with a left-handed setup).
Flip It Around
You can flip the concept around by playing bass strokes along with all of the eighth notes on the hi-hat instead of the sixteenths. Give it a try!
All The Hats
Putting both concepts together, playing on both the 8th and 16th note hi-hat strokes, creates a heavy-sounding syncopated groove. Have a go!
Tom It Up
You can re-orchestrate the hi-hat strokes around the toms to create a syncopated, melodic groove. If you’re not familiar with the term, re-orchestrating is when a drummer moves part of a drum beat to different drums. In the example below, we move the hi-hat strokes to various toms. It’s good to explore your own re-orchestration ideas, as well. Take it away! (Remember that all of the toms are played with the right stick.)
If you come up with any cool ideas for this groove, please share with us. We enjoy hearing from you!