6-count Meters Drum Style Lessons

 

6-count Meters Drum Style Lessons

 

 

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3/4 vs. 6/8 Meter conducting - Spirit Music Meet-Ups

Don’t confuse 6-count Meters with 3-count Meters:

 

 

 

Meters with 6-beats (counts) in a bar can be 6 1/2-notes as in 6/2 Meter (I’ve rarely seen), 6 1/4-notes as in 6/4 Meter, or 6 1/8-notes in 6/8 Meter (the most common), or even 6 1/6-notes in 6/16 Meter.  Even though 6/8 Time is common in Gospel, Blues, Soul, and even Old Rock, it’s often written in 4/4 Meter as a Triplet Style.  It really all comes from African music that migrated into Western Music Genres, and thus naturally is the basis of Afro-Cuban music and any other Afro fusion subgenres.

 

Video to feel the difference between 3/4 and 6/8 Meter from a piano perspective, which drummers should be watching the pianist’s hands to see sooner they will hear.

 

Video of  Piano Man by Billy Joel:  an excellent example of a Rock 3/4 Waltz (123, 123) going into Rock 6/8 (123456).  In quieter spots like the Verse or Interlude they do 3/4 where the loud instruments/bass drum are on 1 and snare on 2 3 or just the “lazy” 3, but when they get into 6/8 in the Chorus, you hear the loud instruments/bass drum on 1 and the snare hard on 4.

 

 

 

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Meters with 6-beats (counts) in a bar can be 6 1/2-notes as in 6/2 Meter (I’ve rarely seen), 6 1/4-notes as in 6/4 Meter, or 6 1/8-notes in 6/8 Meter (the most common), or even 6 1/6-notes in 6/16 Meter.  Even though 6/8 Time is common in Gospel, Blues, Soul, and even Old Rock, it’s often written in 4/4 Meter as a Triplet Style.  It really all comes from African music that migrated into Western Music Genres, and thus naturally is the basis of Afro-Cuban music and any other Afro fusion subgenres.

 

 

Video of 70 bpm of standard Drum Loop:  RH 1 2 3 4 5 6, LH on 4, BD on 1.  Same thing but 120 bpm.

 

Video of Beauty and the Beast’s Gaston – starts at 1:02 seconds:   This sounds close to 3/4 Time, but notice that count 1 is louder (“primary stress”) than count 4 (“secondary stress”), so that’s how you can tell it’s not count 1 loud followed by another 1 loud!

 

Video of Queen’s We are the Champions that is slow 6/8 Meter – start at 38 seconds in:

1   2   3   4   5    6    Sloshy Hi-Hat with emphasis on 1 & 4

_________4               LH high and hard!

1                        6    BD

 

Video of Metallica’s Nothing Else Matters that is slow 6/8 Meter:

1   2   3   4   5    6    1   2   3    4    5    6            Sloshy Hi-Hat with emphasis on 1 & 4

_________4                               4                        LH high and hard!

1                               1                          6            BD

 

Video of Coldplay’s Shiver in fast 6/8 Meter:

1   2   3   4   5   6     Time

_____+     4              Add the + for ‘excitable’ parts.  4 is Rim Clicked in the verse

1         +           6    The 6 pickup is added occasionally for quieter parts to add some forward drive.  The + is added to setup the 4 during “excitable’ parts!

 

Video of Kelly Clarkson’s Breakaway in fast 6/8 Meter:

1   2   3   4   5   6      Time

_________4          +    LH backbeat plus ghosted (soft) + for echo-effect and phrasing to the 1

1         +         +        First + sets up 4 but 2nd + creates syncopation and a phrase leading to the 1

 

 

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