Groove Development: 04-09-2018 (2 Bar 6/8 With A Right Hand '1 +a' Rhythm

Learn a fast and intricate two bar linear 5/8 groove step by step.

On this page you will learn a two bar groove in 6/8 where the right hand plays a '1 +a' rhythm through a series of steps. This starts with a level 2 style groove and adds in various offbeat sixteenth kick and snare placements. There will be six modifications made to the start groove, each of which makes the part more difficult. It is also worth noting that each step creates its own perfectly decent sounding groove. In each step a link to the original lesson of the concept applied is provided where appropriate, it is worth sidetracking and working through these lessons if you either get stuck or don't understand a particular step.

It's important you can play the step you are on comfortably at a decent tempo before progressing as any parts you get stuck on are going to appear in all subsequent steps. On the last page you will find a list of helpful links, suggestions for other concepts that could be applied and a set of target tempos.

This particular groove is a 6/8 pattern with an interesting right hand part that also avoids accenting the first beat of the bar. This creates an odd timing that can be difficult to latch onto but sounds really cool. The part can be applied in many different genres but is most appropriate in alternate rock or metal pieces.

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 15.6MB.


Step 1

A two bar 6/8 groove with the right hand playing a '1 +a' Style Rhythm on the ride. The lesson linked below covers this in depth so I strongly recommend looking through this. Note the lack of bass drum on the first beat of the bar. This, combined with the slightly odd right hand rhythm makes a groove that is hard to find the pulse of.

Developing a two bar 6/8 groove with a 1+a right hand


Step 2

Accent the 3 and 5 counts of the second bar with the Bell Of The Ride. This will distort the natural pulse of the bar further, adding to that interesting syncopated sound.

Developing a two bar 6/8 groove with a 1+a right hand


Step 3

Sixteenth kicks are added on the '+' after count 3 in each bar. This falls in between the ride cymbals on 3 and 4 and you should focus on placing those new kicks Exactly On The '+' Count. This style of kick placement helps to emphasize the main back beat of the bar.

Developing a two bar 6/8 groove with a 1+a right hand


Step 4

Another sixteenth kick is added on the '+' after count 6 in the first bar. Due to the rest that immediately follows this creates a nice offbeat accent feel that again further distorts the pulse.

Developing a two bar 6/8 groove with a 1+a right hand


Step 5

Add another kick on the '+' after count 1 in the second bar. This helps emphasize that kick on the 2 count and slightly more emphasis should be put on the 2 count.

Developing a two bar 6/8 groove with a 1+a right hand


Step 6

Double up the kick on the 5 of the second bar. This creates a bit of a Double Time Feel at the end of the pattern. It also creates a straight run of six sixteenth notes that are orchestrated over two rides, two kicks then two rides. This could be described as rhythmic 'imitation'.

Developing a two bar 6/8 groove with a 1+a right hand


Step 7

Place a Sixteenth Snare on the first '+' count of the pattern.

Developing a two bar 6/8 groove with a 1+a right hand