Groove Development: 03-09-2019 (2 Bar 6/8 With A '1e+' Right Hand)

Learn a busy syncopated 6/8 part built around a '1e+' rhythm.

On this page you will learn a two bar groove in 6/8 where the right hand plays a '1e+' rhythm through a series of steps. This starts with a level 2 style groove and adds in various kick and snares. There will be four 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.

As an additional exercise, try taking the concepts given and applying them in different ways. For example in step 3 you add various simple eighth note kicks so try placing these on different counts. Continue through all steps with these changes and write down any ideas you like the sound of.

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 13.3MB.


Step 1

A two bar 6/8 groove with the right hand playing a '1e+' Style Rhythm on a Tambourine. The lesson linked below covers this in depth so I strongly recommend looking through this. The tambourine is notated with the bold 'x' in the gap where you'd normally see the high tom. It best positioned to the right hand kit putting you in an open handed playing position.

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


Step 2

The left foot helps to emphasize the unusual rhythm by playing on every other eighth note. Whilst this sounds really cool, it is an uncomfortable movement to place. Spend some time playing the part slowly and ensuring all hi hat pedals line up with the appropriate right hand.

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


Step 3

Simple eighth note kicks are added. Like in the last step, ensure all kicks line up with the appropriate right hand.

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


Step 4

Add sixteenth kicks on the '+' after count 3 in the first bar and the '+' after count 2 in the second. In the first bar this lines up with a right hand and in the second it falls in the gap of the right hand rhythm.

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


Step 5

Place a sixteenth note snare at the end of each bar. This falls in the gap of the right hand rhythm.

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