6/8 Fills Extended By An Eighth Note

A simple fill construction method that involves taking fills from the familiar time signature of 6/8 and tweaking the length to apply to 7/8.

In this 7/8 fill construction lesson you will be adjusting some fill examples in the time signature of 6/8 to fit in a bar of 7/8. This will involve adding an addition eighth note at the end of the bar so is a really simple idea. Once you are familiar with how the process works you will then hopefully be able to apply any fill in 6/8 to this new time signature. There really isn't any more to this concept, just take a 6/8 fill and add an eighth note. The trick is to remember you're in 7/8 and not just play the full 6/8 fill! Using a metronome or backing track will really help with that.

Listed below are several ideas using this really simply concept. For each example I have linked to the existing fill with a note as to where it can be found on the page. There is a similar lesson editing 6/8 fills To Fit 5/8 that you may also find useful. I have actually used the same original 6/8 fills in all examples below as in the 5/8 lesson.


Example 1

Original fill: Example 4.

A 6/8 extended to fit 7/8

Example 2

Original fill: Example 2.

A 6/8 extended to fit 7/8

Example 3

Original fill: Example 1.

A 6/8 extended to fit 7/8

Example 4

Original fill: Example 8.

A 6/8 extended to fit 7/8

Example 5

Original fill: Example 6.

A 6/8 extended to fit 7/8

Example 6

Original fill: Example 4.

A 6/8 extended to fit 7/8

Example 7

Original fill: Example 5.

A 6/8 extended to fit 7/8

Example 8

Original fill: Example 10.

A 6/8 extended to fit 7/8

Example 9

Original fill: Example 8.

A 6/8 extended to fit 7/8

Example 10

Original fill: Example 6.

A 6/8 extended to fit 7/8

TASK

  1. Using the 2 minute rule, get all exercises upto a tempo of at least 120bpm.
  2. Play a four bar phrase in 7/8 where the fourth contains a fill. Repeat this phrase over.
  3. Pick out some more 6/8 fills you like the sound of and cut them short.