A A A B Exercises Using Full Bar Crotchet And Quaver Fills

Four bar phrases using an A A A B structure that contain full bar fills with a mixture of quarter and eighth note rhythms.

The intention with the patterns in this lesson is to help improve your ability to switch between grooves and full bar fills that contain simple mixed rhythms. The exercises are similar to our A B Exercises Using Eighth And Quarter 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 of fill. As the title suggests, the fill will be a Full Bar Fill that is built from a combination of eighth and quarter notes. These fills will be nice and slow and are a great introduction to more complicated versions of this idea.

Using different rhythms within a fill can help create a more musically interesting part. As such, this style of fill is well worth becoming familiar with. The intetion of this lesson is to show you how to apply fills using this construction method within a longer musical phrase. 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 mixed rhythm fills.

Example 2

A four bar phrase using mixed rhythm fills.

Example 3

A four bar phrase using mixed rhythm fills.

Example 4

A four bar phrase using mixed rhythm fills.

Example 5

A four bar phrase using mixed rhythm fills.

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 by varying the orchestration of the fills.

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I recommend trying our A A A B Exercises Using Sixteenth Note Fills next.