METRONOME: OFF 4th 8th 16th Options Permutations Grooves Help Home


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Create and share drum grooves, print sheet music, and more. Groove Scribe is FREE for everyone! Presented by American drummer & composer Travis Brant.

Keyboard Shortcuts

Spacebar - Start/Stop midi playback
Ctrl-Z - Undo
Ctrl-Y - Redo
Left Arrow - Tempo Down
Right Arrow - Tempo Up
CTRL and mouse over - turn on notes
ALT and mouse over - turn off notes


4ths - adds a cowbell on the 1 and a click on the 2, 3, and 4;
8ths - Adds a click on all the "ands" (plays 8th note triplets in triplet subdivisions)
16ths - Adds a softer click on every 16th note. Plays a louder click on the 2, 3, and 4. (plays 16th note triplets in triplet subdivisions)
Solo - Plays the metronome, and mutes the groove when the play button is pressed.
Auto Speed Up - Will increase the metronome BPM automatically after each loop through.
Offset click - Allows the metronome to accent the "e", "&", or "a", instead of the 1.


The level of swing varies widely and generally left to the performer to determine. The classic triplet swing feel shows up at 33% on the swing meter. For a tighter swing feel (dotted 8th followed by 16th) move the meter to 50%, full swing. Swing is a matter of personal taste so please feel free to practice your grooves with different amounts of swing until you find the feel that you are looking for. Wikipedia has a good article on the types of swing.


  • The "Hi-hat", "Snare", "Kick" and "Sticking" labels to the left of the editing grid have a menu when clicked. You can quickly turn all the notes in a measure on or off using the menu.
  • Right click the notes to access special notes, like ghost notes, hi-hat open, flams and drags. On a touch device, use the "Advanced Edit" button to access the special notes.
  • Use the Grooves menu to select a groove close to the one you want, or use it to clear the editing grid to start a new groove from scratch.
  • You can change the notes while playing the groove and hear what you are doing while editing.


Groove Scribe supports tom notation.


Groove Scribe supports hand sticking patterns. ‘Sticking’ essentially defines patterns that you play with your right and left hands. For example: R L R R | L R L L


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