9/8 Grooves In Compound Time

A introduction to playing grooves in the time signature of 9/8.

Make sure you've read through our lesson on Time Signatures before working through this lesson.

9/8 is generally a compound time signature that is the equivalent to a bar and a half of 6/8. It is counted '1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9'.

Listed below are several examples of 9/8 grooves. For this introductory lesson I have only used eighth and quarter notes.


Example 1

A 9/8 groove


Example 2

A 9/8 groove


Example 3

A 9/8 groove


Example 4

A 9/8 groove


Example 5

A 9/8 groove


Example 6

A 9/8 groove


TASKS

  • Learn the grooves above up to a tempo of at least 130bpm.
  • Think about fill construction in 9/8.
  • Create some 4 bar phrases in 9/8. For now, use three bars of a groove followed by one bar of a different groove.