Groove Development: 10-07-2018 (1 Bar 6/4)

A single pedal sixteenth note kick heavy groove in 6/4.

In this lesson you will be learning a groove in 6/4 through a series of steps that starts with a compound time feel quarter note pattern that builds up to an intricate, kick heavy metal style pattern. There will be six modifications made to this starting point, each adding something new to the groove and making it more difficult. It is also worth noting that each step creates its own perfectly decent sounding groove.

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 bottom of the page you will find a list 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 different way. For example in step 2 you add some eighth note kicks so try positioning these at a different point in the bar. Continue through all steps with any changes you make and write down any ideas you particularly like the sound of.

This particular groove is a sixteenth note heavy groove in the time signature of 6/4 which some dynamic variation in the form of ghost notes. It is intended to be played under a modern metal / progressive metal piece.

You can also download a version of this lesson in PDF format. In this pack you also get two extra steps in the groove construction process, three sets of eight bar phrases using the final groove as a basis and audio files in MP3 format of all drum parts. This also includes a drumless version of the backing track for you to play a long to. You can purchase this for just $2 by clicking the button below.

NOTE that the file size of this pack is 14.6MB.


Step 1

The starting point will be simple pattern In 6/4 that will feel a lot like a 6/8 groove as the kick and snare are played over a three quarter note grouping, as more kick and snares are added this compound feel will disappear but the syncopated feel will remain. This is particularly prominent when played under a piece of music with a solid blocks of two feel.

Developing a groove in 6/4


Step 2

Kicks are added on the '+'s after counts 1, 3 and 4. This kick placement idea should be familiar but ensure they fall exactly between the appropriate right hands. This Exercise on alternating between right hand and right foot in this manner and is very useful.

Developing a groove in 6/4


Step 3

A single snare is added in this step on the 'a' count after beat 2. This is intended to be a strong back beat feel strike so you should hit it like you mean it. Be careful with the note placement here, An 'a' Is An Odd Place for a strong snare stroke and it is easy to let it slip to the '+' or 3 counts either side of it.

Developing a groove in 6/4


Step 4

In this step you will add four bass drums, all On 'a' Counts so it may be worth creating some sub steps and adding these in one at a time. Around counts 1 and 4, the new kicks cause some Double Sixteenths to occur, as you reach higher tempos these will become slightly more difficult. Ensure both notes hit at the same dynamic level.

The kick on the 'a' count at the very end of the bar will jump right to the '1' count of the next bar, giving another quick double stroke movement on the right foot. As with the previous step, be careful around those 'a' count kicks as it is easy to let your note placement slip. Developing a groove in 6/4


Step 5

Two 'e' Count Kicks are added, the second of which Causes A Double. Again, watch the dynamic level of your strokes here.

Developing a groove in 6/4


Step 6

The 'R L L F' sticking is applied around beat 5 using ghost notes. TMany more exercise, fill and groove lessons can be found on this movement on the site.

Developing a groove in 6/4


Step 7

Finally, a second occurrence of the 'R L L F' is added at beat 6.

Developing a groove in 6/4