5/4 A A A B Exercises With Eighth Note Fills

Simple four bar patterns to help develop your playing in 5/4.

The intention with the patterns in this lesson is to help improve your ability to switch between grooves and fills in the time signature of 5/4. The exercises are similar to our A B Exercises Using Eighth Note Fills only we have added in two more 'A' bars. The structure of all exercises here will be A A A B, where A will be a bar of groove and B will be a bar containing some kind of fill built from eighth note rolls. Obviously this will all be in the time signature of 5/4.

As before, the important thing here is to repeat the four bar phrases over and over, preferably with a metronome, until you can play the part several times without any breaks in timing. I have provided various lengths of fill to mix things up.


Example 1

A four bar phrase using eighth note fills in 5/4.


Example 2

A four bar phrase using eighth note fills in 5/4.


Example 3

A four bar phrase using eighth note fills in 5/4.


Example 4

A four bar phrase using eighth note fills in 5/4.


Example 5

A four bar phrase using eighth note fills in 5/4.


TASK

  1. Using the 2 minute rule, get all phrases up to a tempo of at least 135bpm.
  2. Create your own versions of these patterns.