3 Funk Rhythm Exercises That You Can Learn Today!

3 funk rhythmSo you want to get down and play some funk?

Then you’ve come to the right place.

Funk is all about groove, and in order to groove, you need rhythm. Rhythm is the foundation of all music, no matter the genre.

Knowing Your Weaknesses And Strengths

So before we get into some simple funk beats, you should take a look at your skill set on how to get the groove for funk drumming.

What are your strengths?

What are your weaknesses?

Playing to your strengths and avoiding your weaknesses within a song is a great way to get your groove fluid. This doesn’t mean that you can avoid your weaknesses altogether though; you’ll need to practice them eventually to round out your playing and bring everything full circle.

Involving Metronome 

If your weakness is rhythm, though, it is best that you take some time with your new best friend; the metronome. Take your metronome and start playing a simple groove. Begin at 60bmp, and allow yourself to find your ‘flow.’ Once you have it, try speeding yourself up a bit. Raise the tempo of the metronome and pick up your pace. If your notes starts to falter, or their length begins to vary greatly, it is best that you take a little bit longer to develop your rhythm.

Remember, without rhythm, there is no music. This means that skimping on rhythm, in the long run, will only hurt your playing.

Once your rhythm is up to par, we can get on to the examples.

For each of these examples, the best thing to do is play along with a metronome and start slowly. Allow your hands to become accustomed to the patterns. This way, muscle memory will take its course and you will have a much easier time remembering the patterns.

Funk Grooves And Rhythms Example 1:

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This first basic funk groove on drums involves the hi-hat only. It is best that you start off by clapping out the rhythm, or tapping it out on your knees so that you can get an overall feel for the entire piece.

Pay close attention to the placement of the accents, and take your time to get comfortable with them.

Funk Grooves And Rhythms Example 2:

funk rhythms

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This second example is using the same hi-hat pattern as example one, but adding a snare drum as well. Once again, clap out the notes, make sure that you understand the placement of the accents well in advance before attacking the piece. If you have any trouble, just slow it down.

When accenting your notes, make sure that you are creating a noticeable difference in volume between accents and regular notes. For regular notes, be sure to keep your hand closer to the drum so that there is no chance of the notes sounding similar.

Funk Grooves And Rhythms Example 3:

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This final example is the same pattern as examples one and two, except now adding a bass drum. Yet again, be sure to approach the piece slowly at first, and familiarize yourself with the note placement before tackling it.



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