Accenting The Middle Note With A Ride Bell In 6/8 Grooves

Use the ride bell to give your 6/8 grooves a bit more depth.

In this groove lesson you will be using the bell of the ride to accent the middle note of each three eighth note block in 6/8. This creates an interesting rhythm that comes away from focusing on the back beat whilst note being overly complicated.

The right hand for all of the examples given on this page will be this:

The right hand for the grooves

Listed below are five examples of grooves using this right hand part.


Example 1

A 6/8 groove with accented mid notes


Example 2

A 6/8 groove with accented mid notes


Example 3

A 6/8 groove with accented mid notes


Example 4

A 6/8 groove with accented mid notes


Example 5

A 6/8 groove with accented mid notes


TASKS

  • Using the 2 minute rule, get all grooves up to a tempo of at least 120bpm.
  • Create your own variations on these patterns. Write as many down as possible.
  • Use these patterns as part of a Structured Pattern.