Groove Development: 05-06-2018 (2 Bar 6/8 Double Time)

Building up a two bar double time groove pattern in 6/8 using odd timing and tom placement.

Through this lesson pack you will be learning a groove through a series of steps. This will start with a simple 6/8 groove pattern played in double time that gradually builds up to a level 3 pattern. There will be five separate modifications made to this start groove, each of which slightly increases the difficulty of the part. It is also worth noting that each of these steps creates its own perfectly decent sounding groove. In each step a link to the original lesson of the concept applied is provided where appropriate along with a brief discussion of the new concept applied. It would be worth sidetracking and working through these lessons if you either get stuck or don't understand a particular step.

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 end of the pack you will find the usual helpful links, suggestions for other concepts that could be applied and a set of 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 slightly different way. For example in step 2 you offbeat 16th kicks so try applying these in different places. 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 two bar pattern in 6/8 played with a double time feel. On top of this slightly odd rhythms are used in combination with tom decoration to create an interesting sounding pattern. This groove would fit many different styles of music but would be most at home in a modern progressive style piece.

You can also download a version of this lesson in PDF format. In this pack you also get two sets of eight bar phrases using the final groove as a basis, audio files in MP3 format of all drum parts at multiple tempos, an extra step in developing the groove and counting included for each step of the groove. This also includes a drumless version of the backing track for you to play a long to. You can purchase this by clicking the button below.

NOTE that the file size of this pack is 14.2MB.


Step 1

A simple Double Time 6/8 pattern with a couple of small tweaks. On the '6' of bar one, where you would expect a snare there is a bass drum. In bar 2 on count '5' there is no hi hat then on count '6' where you would expect to see a snare there is a floor tom. All hi hats are played open. You can read more about double time 6/8 grooves Here.

Developing a doublte time 6/8 groove


Step 2

The first addition will be some bass drums Falling Between the right hands on '+' counts. All new bass drums in this step come immediately after a snare. Your main area of focus here should be on getting those bass drums exactly on the '+' count between the main beats. Play along to the MP3 provided or a metronome starting at a low tempo and building up gradually.

Developing a doublte time 6/8 groove


Step 3

Again more '+' Count Bass Drums are added, this time coming in before the snares on count 4 and an extra one before count 6 of the first bar. As with the previous step, make sure these notes fall exactly in between the notes to prevent the groove sounding sloppy.

Developing a doublte time 6/8 groove


Step 4

Melodic variation is created in the first bar with the addition of a high tom on the '5' count and a floor tom on the '+' after beat 6. Both toms will be played with the left hand so the floor tom is going to be slightly uncomfortable to reach. Start the part slowly to get your head around how the hands will move then gradually build up tempo.

Developing a doublte time 6/8 groove


Step 5

Just add in one Additional Kick on the '+' after count 5 in the second bar. This is part of a run of sixteenth notes that will be created around this area in the next step.

Developing a doublte time 6/8 groove


Step 6

The two notes falling with hi hats on both counts 4 and 6 of the second bar are now doubled up. The floor tom and hi hat strokes on count 6 can be played open handed if you wish. This makes the movement slightly more comfortable and, if you choose to play the part this way, switch the crash at the start of the phrase to a right hand side crash to make the movements a little more fluid.

Developing a doublte time 6/8 groove