Full Bar Sixteenth Note Fills In 6/8

A lesson on constucting fills in the time signature of 6/8 using just 16th notes.

This lesson is intended as a follow on from our Eighth Note Fills In 6/8 lesson, I would recommend you work through this first.

In our first lesson on playing fills in 6/8 we focussed on using 8th notes to create simple rolls around the kit. In Part 2 we will be using semi quavers. As in our Part 1 lesson we will give a concept and an example, then some structure examples will be given on the next page. I have used the same concepts as the previous lesson. Use the given concepts to create your own fills.

When counting 16th notes in 6/8 you count the 8th notes as numbers and the 16th notes between with an '+'. So to count a full bar of 16th notes in 6/8 you would use '1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + 6 +'.


Example 1

Straight sixteenth notes on the snare.

A fill in 6/8


Example 2

Sixteenth notes split into two groups of six.

A fill in 6/8


Example 3

Groups of four sixteenth notes played around the kit.

A fill in 6/8


Example 4

A group of two followed by a group of four.

A fill in 6/8


Example 5

A group of four followed by a group of two.

A fill in 6/8


Example 6

An odd grouping.

A fill in 6/8


Example 7

The same odd grouping reversed.

A fill in 6/8


Example 8

An odd grouping that has all eighth notes played on a tom with all other notes on the snare.

A fill in 6/8


Example 9

The first of each group of six is played on a tom.

A fill in 6/8


Example 10

Groups of two around the kit.

A fill in 6/8


TASK

  1. Learn the examples shown above.
  2. Create your own variations on each concept.
  3. Add the fills into a structured pattern.

Apply these fills to Structured Examples.