12/8 Grooves With A One Handed 16th Note

12/8 grooves where the right hand plays constant 16th notes. A good stamina workout as well as a cool groove variation.

In this lesson you will be learning a simple right hand variation for 12/8 grooves that has been applied to other time signatures in previous lessons. It is similar to a sixteen beat in sound as you have that constant run of sixteenths, but the big difference is that you are only playing these on one hand rather than as a single stroke. This allows the hi hat and snare to be played together but restricts the maximum tempo and tends to be heard in slower songs and pieces. At the bottom of the page you will find links to lessons that will help the learning process during this page. This includes stamina exercises for the hand as this will be pushed in the examples below.

The right hand is the important part to focus on in this lesson and if you have tried similar grooves previously this shouldn't be too problematic. Once you can play the 16th notes evenly various different kick and snare ideas from any previous groove concept lesson can be applied underneath. The right hand pattern is just a bar of 16th notes played all on the one hand. It will look like this:

The right hand part of the groove

Spend some time getting comfortable playing your right hand in this way then work through some of the grooves below.


Example 1

A 12/8 groove with a 16th note right hand


Example 2

A 12/8 groove with a 16th note right hand


Example 3

A 12/8 groove with a 16th note right hand


Example 4

A 12/8 groove with a 16th note right hand


Example 5

A 12/8 groove with a 16th note right hand


Example 6

A 12/8 groove with a 16th note right hand


Example 7

A 12/8 groove with a 16th note right hand


Example 8

A 12/8 groove with a 16th note right hand


Example 9

A 12/8 groove with a 16th note right hand


TASK

  1. Using the 2 minute rule, get all grooves up to a tempo of at least 120bpm.
  2. Create your own variations on these patterns using the concept given. Write as many down as possible.
  3. Apply the groove to a phrased pattern.