“Ah” On The Bass Drum

Let’s continue our study of 1/16th note rhythms. In the first lesson, you learned to play grooves with the “ah”. That is the last 1/16th note in each beat. It’s important that we focus on one rhythm at a time, so that you get to internalize how it sounds on different beats within a groove pattern. In the last lesson you learned groove patterns with this rhythm on the Snare Drum. Today we’ll be exploring 1/16th note Bass Drum rhythms using the “ah”. This is the last 1/16th note in a beat. When it is played on its own the result is a funky “push” feeling. When it is followed by the Bass Drum on the next beat, it gives us a heartbeat rhythm that is so familiar.These 1/16th note Bass Drum rhythms can take some getting used to. Remember that every groove should have a steady 1/8th note rhythm on the Hi-Hats. Don’t let your Bass Drum rhythms push and pull the Hi-Hats.

Today you will learn a new batch of grooves with the “ah” played on the Bass Drum. This is significantly more difficult but nothing you can’t handle with a little bit of practice. I’ll breakdown the first 3 grooves so that you can see how these 1/16th note bass drum rhythms appear alongside other 1/8th notes. We’ll play them together and you can practice them at different tempos. Once you’ve mastered the first 3, then you’re on your own to master the rest of the grooves on the PDF.


Download the PDF: 1/16th Note Grooves #2

There are 12 grooves on the worksheet for you to practice and learn. The grooves covered in the lesson videos are the first three on the PDF. They will give you enough understanding of these rhythms to tackle the remaining 9 grooves on your own.


  • PDF #1: Bass Drum in played on beat 3, as well as the "ah". When there is no note on the beat, the dotted 1/8th note is replaced by a dotted 1/8th rest.

  • PDF #2: When the Bass Drum on the "ah" is immediately followed by the Bass Drum it creates a "heartbeat" rhythmic effect.

  • PDF #3: The Bass Drum is written on the 2 "ah". When there is no Bass Drum immediately following, the result is a syncopated "push" effect.

The recommended tempo range is 50 and 120
Tempo: 50 bpm

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