Adding A 16th Note Kick Afer Beat 4 Of A 6/8 Groove

Add in additional kicks to spice up your 6/8 grooves.

In this lesson you will be adding a 16th note offbeat kick on the '+' count after beat 4 which will be immediately after the main back beat snare. The rhythm of this extra note will be quite similar to that used in other lessons so it would be beneficial to cover some of these first. You can find a collection of links to these at the bottom of the page.

Written below is a basic 6/8 groove with the additional kick included. Check you have the counting correct then play the pattern until you are comfortable. When you can repeat the groove over and over at a decent tempo with no mistakes, have a go at learning the grooves listed below which are variations on this basic pattern.

A basic version of the groove Check Your Counting:

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The counting for this rhythm is: 1 2 3 4+5 6


Example 1

Decorating a 6/8 groove with 16th note kicks


Example 2

Decorating a 6/8 groove with 16th note kicks


Example 3

Decorating a 6/8 groove with 16th note kicks


Example 4

Decorating a 6/8 groove with 16th note kicks


Example 5

Decorating a 6/8 groove with 16th note kicks


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. This idea works well as both a fill or groove.