The Basics of Groove

The Basics of Groove Track


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The Testing Rules:

1. Each can be attempted only twice during any testing session.

2. You may administer the test all at once or lesson by lesson as you learn them.

3. You can either choose to test yourself, ask a friend or parent to monitor your test, or upload a video of your test to the Student YouTube Channel. If you do a video, please follow the testing rules. You’re only cheating yourself if you don’t.

The Test

Session 1: Play ostinato 1 with grooves a-h of the groove series at the following tempo levels: Level 1: 50 bpm Level 2: 65bpm Level 3: 90 bpm Level 4: 100 bpm Level 5: 110 bpm

Session 2: Play ostinato 2 with grooves a-h of the groove series at the following tempo levels: Level 1: 50 bpm Level 2: 65 bpm Level 3: 75 bpm Level 4: 85 bpm Level 5: 95 bpm

Session 3: Play ostinato 3 with grooves a-h of the groove series at the following tempo levels: Level 1: 40 bpm Level 2: 60 bpm Level 3: 75 bpm Level 4: 95 bpm Level 5: 110 bpm

Session 4: Play ostinato 4 with grooves a-h of the groove series at the following tempo levels: Level 1: 40 bpm Level 2: 60 bpm Level 3: 75 bpm Level 4: 95 bpm Level 5: 110 bpm

Session 5: Play ostinato 5 with grooves a-h of the groove series at the following tempo levels: Level 1: 50 bpm Level 2: 65 bpm Level 3: 80 bpm Level 4: 95 bpm Level 5: 110 bpm

Session 6: Play ostinato 6 with grooves a-h of the groove series at the following tempo levels: Level 1: 50 bpm Level 2: 65 bpm Level 3: 80 bpm Level 4: 95 bpm Level 5: 110 bpm

Session 7: Play ostinato 7 with grooves a-h of the groove series at the following tempo levels: Level 1: 50 bpm Level 2: 65 bpm Level 3: 80 bpm Level 4: 95 bpm Level 5: 110 bpm

Session 8: Play ostinato 8 with grooves a-h of the groove series at the following tempo levels: Level 1: 50 bpm Level 2: 65 bpm Level 3: 80 bpm Level 4: 95 bpm Level 5: 110 bpm

Session 9: Play ostinato 9 with grooves a-h of the groove series at the following tempo levels: Level 1: 50 bpm Level 2: 65 bpm Level 3: 85 bpm Level 4: 100 bpm Level 5: 120 bpm

Session 10: Play ostinato 10 with grooves a-h of the groove series at the following tempo levels: Level 1: 50 bpm Level 2: 65 bpm Level 3: 80 bpm Level 4: 95 bpm Level 5: 110 bpm

Session 11: Play ostinato 11 with grooves a-h of the groove series at the following tempo levels: Level 1: 50 bpm Level 2: 65 bpm Level 3: 80 bpm Level 4: 95 bpm Level 5: 110 bpm

Session 12: Play ostinato 12 with grooves a-h of the groove series at the following tempo levels: Level 1: 50 bpm Level 2: 65 bpm Level 3: 80 bpm Level 4: 95 bpm Level 5: 110 bpm

Session 13: Play ostinato 13 with grooves a-h of the groove series at the following tempo levels: Level 1: 50 bpm Level 2: 65 bpm Level 3: 80 bpm Level 4: 95 bpm Level 5: 110 bpm

Session 14: Play ostinato 14 with grooves a-h of the groove series at the following tempo levels: Level 1: 50 bpm Level 2: 65 bpm Level 3: 80 bpm Level 4: 95 bpm Level 5: 110 bpm

Session 15: Play each of the 14 ostinatos from the first 14 lessons in this series with the beginner reading studies in this lesson. Use the bpm levels from the original lesson of whatever ostinato you are working with as a guide when working through these exercises. String all of the exercises together and play each one 8 times before moving on to the next with no interruption in the groove.

Session 16: Play each of the 14 ostinatos from the first 14 lessons in this series with the intermediate reading studies in this lesson. Use the bpm levels from the original lesson of whatever ostinato you are working with as a guide when working through these exercises. String all of the exercises together and play each one 8 times before moving on to the next with no interruption in the groove.

Session 17: Play each of the 14 ostinatos from the first 14 lessons in this series with the advanced reading studies in this lesson. Use the bpm levels from the original lesson of whatever ostinato you are working with as a guide when working through these exercises. String all of the exercises together and play each one 8 times before moving on to the next with no interruption in the groove.

Session 18: Be able to “push” 3 different beats. Play 4 bars in perfect time with the click and 4 bars pushing the click.

Session 19: Be able to “pull” 3 different beats. Play 4 bars in perfect time with the click and 4 bars pulling the click.

Session 1

#374 The Basics of Groove Pt.1
Assessment
This lesson series focuses on groove. Nothing else. It is something you will work on for the rest of your life. This series will focus on a set of ostinatos to be played a series of 8 grooves. Once all of the ostinatos are mastered, we will move on to kick drum reading studies. Learn and memorize ostinato #1 and apply it to Groove Series A-H. Focus on FEEL, not speed. You need to be able to make each groove feel good at each of the varying tempo levels. Part 1 Tempo Levels Level 1: 50 bpm Level 2: 65bpm Level 3: 90 bpm Level 4: 100 bpm Level 5: 110 bpm

Session 2

#377 The Basics of Groove Pt.2
Assessment
Learn and memorize ostinato #2 and apply it to Groove Series A-H. Focus on FEEL, not speed. You need to be able to make each groove feel good at each of the varying tempo levels. Part 2 Tempo Levels Level 1: 50 bpm Level 2: 65 bpm Level 3: 75 bpm Level 4: 85 bpm Level 5: 95 bpm

Session 3

#379 The Basics of Groove Pt.3
Assessment
Learn and memorize ostinato #3 and apply it to Groove Series A-H. Focus on FEEL, not speed. You need to be able to make each groove feel good at each of the varying tempo levels. Part 3 Tempo Levels Level 1: 40 bpm Level 2: 60 bpm Level 3: 75 bpm Level 4: 95 bpm Level 5: 110 bpm

Session 4

#380 The Basics of Groove Pt.4
Assessment
Learn and memorize ostinato #4 and apply it to Groove Series A-H. Focus on FEEL, not speed. You need to be able to make each groove feel good at each of the varying tempo levels. Part 4 Tempo Levels Level 1: 40 bpm Level 2: 60 bpm Level 3: 75 bpm Level 4: 95 bpm Level 5: 110 bpm

Session 5

#384 The Basics of Groove Pt.5
Assessment
Learn and memorize ostinato #5 and apply it to Groove Series A-H. Focus on FEEL, not speed. You need to be able to make each groove feel good at each of the varying tempo levels. Part 5 Tempo Levels Level 1: 50 bpm Level 2: 65 bpm Level 3: 80 bpm Level 4: 95 bpm Level 5: 110 bpm

Session 6

#387 The Basics of Groove Pt.6
Assessment
Learn and memorize ostinato #6 and apply it to Groove Series A-H. Focus on FEEL, not speed. You need to be able to make each groove feel good at each of the varying tempo levels. Part 6 Tempo Levels Level 1: 50 bpm Level 2: 65 bpm Level 3: 80 bpm Level 4: 95 bpm Level 5: 110 bpm

Session 7

#388 The Basics of Groove Pt.7
Assessment
Learn and memorize ostinato #7 and apply it to Groove Series A-H. Focus on FEEL, not speed. You need to be able to make each groove feel good at each of the varying tempo levels. Part 7 Tempo Levels Level 1: 50 bpm Level 2: 65 bpm Level 3: 80 bpm Level 4: 95 bpm Level 5: 110 bpm

Session 8

#391 The Basics of Groove Pt.8
Assessment
Learn and memorize ostinato #8 and apply it to Groove Series A-H. Focus on FEEL, not speed. You need to be able to make each groove feel good at each of the varying tempo levels. Part 8 Tempo Levels Level 1: 50 bpm Level 2: 65 bpm Level 3: 80 bpm Level 4: 95 bpm Level 5: 110 bpm

Session 9

#392 The Basics of Groove Pt.9
Assessment
Learn and memorize ostinato #9 and apply it to Groove Series A-H. Focus on FEEL, not speed. You need to be able to make each groove feel good at each of the varying tempo levels. Part 7 Tempo Levels Level 1: 50 bpm Level 2: 65 bpm Level 3: 85 bpm Level 4: 100 bpm Level 5: 120 bpm

Session 10

#399 The Basics of Groove Pt.10
Assessment
Learn and memorize ostinato #10 and apply it to Groove Series A-H. Focus on FEEL, not speed. You need to be able to make each groove feel good at each of the varying tempo levels. Part 10 Tempo Levels Level 1: 50 bpm Level 2: 65 bpm Level 3: 80 bpm Level 4: 95 bpm Level 5: 110 bpm

Session 11

#402 The Basics of Groove Pt.11
Assessment
Learn and memorize ostinato #11 and apply it to Groove Series A-H. Focus on FEEL, not speed. You need to be able to make each groove feel good at each of the varying tempo levels. Part 11 Tempo Levels Level 1: 50 bpm Level 2: 65 bpm Level 3: 80 bpm Level 4: 95 bpm Level 5: 110 bpm

Session 12

#404 The Basics of Groove Pt.12
Assessment
Learn and memorize ostinato #12 and apply it to Groove Series A-H. Focus on FEEL, not speed. You need to be able to make each groove feel good at each of the varying tempo levels. Part 12 Tempo Levels Level 1: 50 bpm Level 2: 65 bpm Level 3: 80 bpm Level 4: 95 bpm Level 5: 110 bpm

Session 13

#405 The Basics of Groove Pt.13
Assessment
Learn and memorize ostinato #13 and apply it to Groove Series A-H. Focus on FEEL, not speed. You need to be able to make each groove feel good at each of the varying tempo levels. Part 12 Tempo Levels Level 1: 50 bpm Level 2: 65 bpm Level 3: 80 bpm Level 4: 95 bpm Level 5: 110 bpm

Session 14

#407 The Basics of Groove Pt.14
Assessment
Learn and memorize ostinato #14 and apply it to Groove Series A-H. Focus on FEEL, not speed. You need to be able to make each groove feel good at each of the varying tempo levels. Part 12 Tempo Levels Level 1: 50 bpm Level 2: 65 bpm Level 3: 80 bpm Level 4: 95 bpm Level 5: 110 bpm

Session 15

#410 The Basics of Groove Pt.15
Assessment
Play each of the 14 ostinatos from the first 14 lessons in this series with the beginner reading studies in this lesson. Use the bpm levels from the original lesson with whatever ostinato you are working with as a guide when working through these exercises. Once comfortable, string all of the exercises together and play each one 8-16 times before moving on to the next. Make sure it feels good at all times. This lesson will take you a while to work through. Don’t get frustrated.

Session 16

#411 The Basics of Groove Pt.16
Assessment
Play each of the 14 ostinatos from the first 14 lessons in this series with the intermediate reading studies in this lesson. Use the bpm levels from the original lesson with whatever ostinato you are working with as a guide when working through these exercises. Once comfortable, string all of the exercises together and play each one 8-16 times before moving on to the next. Make sure it feels good at all times. This lesson will take you a while to work through. Don’t get frustrated.

Session 17

#412 The Basics of Groove Pt.17
Assessment
Play each of the 14 ostinatos from the first 14 lessons in this series with the advanced reading studies in this lesson. Use the bpm levels from the original lesson with whatever ostinato you are working with as a guide when working through these exercises. Once comfortable, string all of the exercises together and play each one 8-16 times before moving on to the next. Make sure it feels good at all times. This lesson will take you a while to work through. Don’t get frustrated.

Session 18

#406 How to Push the Beat
Assessment
Pick 2-3 simple grooves. Practice playing directly in time with the click and then trying to “push” the beat. This is a very hard concept to master. Don’t get frustrated.

Session 19

#409 How to Pull the Beat
Assessment
Pick 2-3 simple grooves. Practice playing directly in time with the click and then trying to “pull” the beat. This is a very hard concept to master. Don’t get frustrated.