A 6:8 Strumming Pattern

If I’m going to practice the 6/8 strumming pattern what would be the best BPM to use on Justin’s Time Trainer app?

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What ever BPM you can play comfortably with no mistakes. Then speed it up to push yourself.


Ok, thanks for the tip.

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“In 6:8 time, we should accent Beat 1 and Beat 4, though to a lesser extent than Beat 1!

I’m finding that difficult to nail, I’m thinking lowering down the bpm to around 60. It’s suppose to be this hard?

On the video he accents beats 1 and 4 with the same amount of volume but on the text here on the website he says different, as I quoted above. On the previous lesson about the 6/8 he did the same (on the video he demonstrates one thing and on the text another thing).

Another thing is that he recommends practicing at 130bpm but then says to find the best bpm for ourselves.

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Personally, I would not worry about this point. If you can accent beats 1 and 4 with respect to the other beats, you are 95% there. Learn some songs in 6:8 and later on when you can play them in your sleep, you can revisit the relative accents on beats 1 and 4. That’s what I would do, anyway.


Thank you :+1:t2:

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If playing 6/8 to a metronome and checking bpm you must be aware that the metronome needs to be set to 6/8. Measuring bpm with 6/8 can lead to confusion.
In 6/8 there are two main pulses, on beats 1 and 4.
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Each of these six beats is an eighth.
two eighths = a quarter
three eighths = a dotted quarter
A dot against a note / beat extends its duration by half again.

If the tempo is given as 94bpm, you need to know if this is the bpm for quarter notes.
That would mean a tempo of 188bpm if considering eighths.
Divide that by three to get the tempo for the dotted quarter (between 62 and 63 bpm).
Try the metronome at 62 or 63 (for two beats per bar).

I hope that helps.

Cheers :smiley:

| Richard_close2u | JustinGuitar Moderator, Guide & Approved Teacher


In Grade 1, Module 6, Justin says the second of the songs for the module is in 6:8 time. In the practice module I don’t see anywhere that the time signature of the songs are identified. Is there a place that is shown, or do I need to just hear the appropriate time signature (hard for this tone deaf guitar enthusiast)?

You might as well start learning how to do this, if you can’t already. Just listen to a song and try tapping (foot, finger, anything – but don’t use your guitar for this) along with it and also count. Start with 1-2-3-4 , 1-2-3-4 since most songs are in 4:4 time. Does the counting seem to fit? If the song is not in 4:4, it will feel off. Then try 6:8: count in 2 groups of 3: 1-2-3, 4-5-6. You don’t actually pause between the two groups, but it helps to group them like that.

Do this all the time, whenever you hear a song playing, and you will pick it up in no time. Good luck!