5/8 Grooves In Compound Time

An introduction to playing basic compound time grooves in 5/8.

5/8 is similar to 7/8 in that it can be either simple or compound. In compound time it can be thought of as a bar of 6/8 with a quaver beat missing. To identify which timing it is use the same approach as laid out in the 7/8 grooves lesson.

You would count a bar of compound 5/8 '1 2 3 4 5'. Listed below are several examples of compound 5/8 grooves. As in the previous lesson, I have only used eighth and quarter notes for these grooves.


Example 1

A compound 5/8 groove


Example 2

A compound 5/8 groove


Example 3

A compound 5/8 groove


Example 4

A compound 5/8 groove


Example 5

A compound 5/8 groove


Example 6

A compound 5/8 groove


Example 7

A compound 5/8 groove


Example 8

A compound 5/8 groove


TASKS

  • Learn the grooves above up to a tempo of at least 130bpm.
  • Think about fill construction in compound 5/8.
  • Create some 4 bar phrases in compound 5/8. For now, use three bars of a groove followed by one bar of a different groove.