Groove Development: 28-12-2021 (5/8 To 7/8)

Switching between two odd compound time signatures.

In this lesson you will be learning a two bar groove that switches between 5/8 and 6/8, both of which are odd compound time signatures. This will start with a basic version of the part and is then developed into the full, more complicated groove. There will be four separate modifications made, each of which creates its' own perfectly decent sounding part while increasing the difficulty and complexity slightly.

You can also download a version of this lesson in PDF format. In this pack you also get an example piece using the final the groove as a basis, two variations on the groove 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 12MB.


Step 1

Start out by playing eighth notes on the ride cymbal through both bars. In the First Bar place a snare with the left hand on count 3 then on count 3 in the Second Bar. Play a single kick on count 1 in the first bar then three eighth note kicks at the start of the second bar.

Developing a groove switching between odd time signatures.


Step 2

On the two snare strokes, move the right hand from the ride over to the Floor Tom. This will make the backbeat that bit more solid.

Developing a groove switching between odd time signatures.


Step 3

Add in some Common sixteenth note Movements through both bars.

Developing a groove switching between odd time signatures.


Step 4

On the '+' counts after 4 in the first bar and 5 in the second, play an Open Hi Hat and kick to create off beat hi hats. These are both closed on the following eighth note by pressing down the left foot on the hi hat pedal.

Developing a groove switching between odd time signatures.


Step 5

Move the two right hands at the start of the second bar to two Crash Cymbals.

Developing a groove switching between odd time signatures.