Groove Development: 05-02-2019 (2 Bar 6/8 Groove With A Dotted Eighth Right Hand)

Building up a two bar double time groove pattern in 6/8 using odd timing and tom placement.

Through this lesson you will be learning a busy 6/8 groove through a series of steps which all involve adding extra sixteenth notes in various forms under a dotted eighth note right hand. There will be six separate modifications made to a simple start groove, each of which increases the difficulty of the part. It is also worth noting that each of these steps creates its own perfectly decent sounding groove. In each step a link to the original lesson of the concept applied is provided where appropriate along with a brief discussion of the changes made. It would be worth sidetracking and working through these lessons if you either get stuck or don't understand a particular step.

It is very important that you can play the step you are on comfortably at a decent tempo before moving on as any parts you get stuck on are going to appear in all subsequent steps. At the end of the pack you will find the usual helpful links, suggestions for other concepts that could be applied and a set of suggested target tempos.

As an additional exercise, when you have learned the steps as shown below try taking the concepts given and applying them in a slightly different way. For example in step 3 you add extra 8th note kicks so try placing these at different points in the bar. Continue through all steps with any changes you make and write down any ideas you particularly like the sound of.

In the full groove percussive and electronic sounds are applied. This is very common in popular chart music that is very electronic based. In later steps a sample/trigger pad is notated, if you don't have access to electronics place this on a different voice you do have. The rim of a drum is a good substitute.

You can also download a version of this lesson in PDF format. In this pack you also get two sets of eight bar phrases using the final groove as a basis, audio files in MP3 format of all drum parts at multiple tempos, an extra step in developing the groove and counting included for each step of the groove. This also includes a drumless version of the backing track for you to play a long to. You can purchase this by clicking the button below.

NOTE that the file size of this pack is 13.6MB.


Step 1

The start point is a fairly Standard Dotted Crotchet Kick And Snare Part with Dotted Eighth Notes played on a Tambourine. The intention with this groove is for the tambourine to be on the right side of the kit to be played with the right hand in an open handed position.

The timing of this right hand part can be awkward. In the down-loadable version of this lesson there is an MP3 of the part a long with counting under the notation that can be really useful.

Developing a two bar 6/8 groove


Step 2

To help maintain a more constant and solid sense of pulse around that odd right hand rhythm, the foot will play Eighth Notes On The Hi Hat Pedal. Those right hands on counts 1 and 4 will fall in line with a left foot whilst those on the '+' counts will fall between.

Developing a two bar 6/8 groove


Step 3

A little more interest is added to the bass drum part by adding kicks on the three counts in both bars. These will be played at the same time as the left foot but not as the right hand.

Developing a two bar 6/8 groove


Step 4

This step is also altering the kick part by placing an extra kick On The '+' after count 6. This will fall in between that left foot count so make sure it falls exactly on the '+' count or the part will become sloppy.

Developing a two bar 6/8 groove


Step 5

A ghosted snare is Added On The '+' after the one count in each bar. Like with the kick in the last step, this falls in between the strokes of the left foot so make sure it falls exactly on the appropriate count.

Developing a two bar 6/8 groove


Step 6

The two new notes here are Cowbells. The intention is for the cowbell to be positioned on the left side of the kit to be struck with the left hand in an open hand position. The placement here is tough, the first cowbell falls in line with a left foot and the second a right hand. It is worth playing the first bar over on its own at a really low tempo while you get your head around the note placement.

Developing a two bar 6/8 groove


Step 7

The final new idea applied involves adding two sixteenth notes at the very end of the second bar. The notation used here is probably unfamiliar as it doesn't get used very often. Here they are used to indicate an electronic drum pad being struck and in the MP3s provided this is set to play a hand clap type sound. For the sake of this groove, this pad should be positioned somewhere easily accessible with the left hand such as next to the hi hat.

Developing a two bar 6/8 groove