Some ideas for very basic fill construction in the time signature of 3/4.
In this lesson you will be learning some straight forward fills in the time signature of 3/4 that involve moving 8th note triplets around the kit in simple movements. Most of these patterns will use similar movements to the lesson on similar fills in other time signatures. They will have shown up in some rudiment orchestration lessons. Lessons covering those topics will be included at the bottom of the page. In some cases the fill presented will be an exact copy of a fill from the lesson linked above, just cut short, in other cases I will make the orchestration fit more with the 3/4 feel.
When learning these fills, start the pattern slowly and make sure your note and hand placement is accurate. When you are happy with the movements start to build up the tempo a bit at a time. Once you can play the part at a good speed (I'd recomend 150bpm plus) try playing an AAAB style pattern all in 3/4 where the 'B' section is your new fill.
It is also worth reminding you that when playing a triplet the hand that starts the grouping switches on every beat. If you are using the single stroke sticking be aware of this when working out the part. Remember that the 'R L L' movement of the standard triplet is also an option.
- Learn the examples shown above upto a tempo of at least 140bpm.
- Create your own variations on each example by moving around the orchestration.
- Add the fills into a structured pattern.
- Look through our list of single stroke triplet orchestrations and experiment with applying these to the time signature of 3/4.