Groove Development: 19-02-2019 (1 Bar Linear 6/8)

A linear 6/8 pattern using 32nd notes to create a fast moving part.

In this lesson you will be learning a linear groove in 6/8 through a series of steps, starting with a relatively straight forward common time feel pattern. There will be five modifications made to this, most of which add in 32nd notes in some form. It is also worth noting that each example creates a decent sounding groove. In each step, a link to the original lesson on the concept applied is provided where appropriate, it would be worth sidetracking and working through these lessons if you get stuck or don't understand a particular step.

It is very important that you can play the step you are on comfortably before moving on as any parts you get stuck on are going to appear in all subsequent steps. This is particularly true of the first step as all parts are very demanding on your hand to foot co-ordination. At the end of the pack you will find a list of 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 different way. For example in step 3 you start doubling up some hi hats so try doubling up at a different point in the bar. Continue through all steps with any changes you make and write down any ideas you particularly like the sound of.

You can download a version of this lesson in PDF format. In this pack you also get a short example piece using the final groove as a basis along with 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. On top of all of that all exercises have counting included, two extra modifications are made to the groove and all new changes to the groove are highlighted in red. You can purchase this for just $2 by clicking the button below.

NOTE that the file size of this pack is 11.9MB.


Step 1

The start point is a One Handed Sixteenth note groove in 6/8 with a standard kick snare placement. The part is made Linear by removing right hands that fall with the kick or snare. Note that the snare is played with the right hand, this is to make movements that happen later on more comfortable. If the part is played at a higher tempo it can become draining on Stamina. It is important to keep your hand relaxed and make fluid movements.

Developing a linear 6/8 groove.


Step 2

Place a 32nd note kick on the 'e' after count 4. This will be very quick so work on the part slowly while you figure out note placement. The movement will be similar to Placing Offbeat Sixteenths just that bit faster. Make sure this kick falls exactly on the 'e' count to keep the part sound nice and tight.

Developing a linear 6/8 groove.


Step 3

Place a 32nd note hi hat on the 'e' after count 2 with a left hand.

Developing a linear 6/8 groove.


Step 4

Then another 32nd note hi hat on the 'a' after count 3, again with a left hand.

Developing a linear 6/8 groove.


Step 5

A third 32nd note hi hat is placed on the 'a' after count 4 with a left hand. This creates a run of four 32nd notes on count 4.

Developing a linear 6/8 groove.


Step 6

Switch the 16th note hi hat on count 5 to two 32nd note high toms played as singles. This creates a run of singles played over the hi hat and high tom.

Developing a linear 6/8 groove.