Extending two beat fills in 5/4 to create an interesting fill length.
In this lesson you will be extending the Two Beat Fills In 5/4 by a quaver to create an odd and interesting fill length. This concept has previously been applied to the time signatures of 4/4 and 3/4, so it is just a case of getting comfortable with the concept and its timing in the context of the new time signature that needs to be worked on rather than the mechanics of the parts. In 4/4, to acheive this timing you would have started the fill on the '+' count after beat 2. In 5/4 you are going to start a beat later on the '+' after beat 3.
When learning these fills, start the pattern slowly and make sure your note and hand placement is accurate first. When you are happy with the movements, then work on building up tempo a bit at a time. Once you can play the part at a good speed (I'd recomend 110bpm plus) try playing an AAAB style pattern all in 5/4 where the 'B' section is your new fill.
- Learn the examples shown above upto a tempo of at least 120bpm.
- Create your own variations on each example by moving around the orchestration.
- Add the fills into a structured pattern.