Full Bar 16th Note Fills In 3/4

Some ideas for 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 straight 16th notes around the kit in simple movements. Most of these patterns will use similar movements to the lesson on similar fills Applied In 4/4, so it is just the idea of ending the fill earlier than you are used to that needs to be worked on. 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.

I recomend working through our lessons on Time Signatures, 3/4 Grooves and the lesson linked above on full bar 16th note fills in 4/4 before proceeding with this lesson.

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 3/4 where the 'B' section is your new fill.


Example 1

A 3/4 version of the Blocks Of Four single stroke orchestration.

A full bar 16th note fill in 3/4

Example 2

A second orchestration of the the blocks of four fill construction concept.

A full bar 16th note fill in 3/4

Example 3

A 3/4 version of the Blocks Of Two single stroke orchestration.

A full bar 16th note fill in 3/4

Example 4

A second orchestration of the blocks of two concept.

A full bar 16th note fill in 3/4

Example 5

A Staggered Grouping in 3/4.

A full bar 16th note fill in 3/4

Example 6

A different orchestration and placement of a straggered grouping in this time signature.

A full bar 16th note fill in 3/4

Example 7

Using the Triangle Pattern within the time signtaure of 3/4.

A full bar 16th note fill in 3/4

Example 8

The Moving Quarter Notes construction idea applied in this time signature.

A full bar 16th note fill in 3/4

TASK

  1. Learn the examples shown above upto a tempo of at least 120bpm.
  2. Create your own variations on each example by moving around the orchestration.
  3. Add the fills into a structured pattern.
  4. Look through our list of single stroke roll orchestrations and experiment with applying these to the time signature of 3/4.