One Beat Fills Starting On The 'a' After Beat 2 Of A 4/4 Bar

Placing a fill at an unexpected point within a bar of 4/4.

In this lesson you will be learning another one beat fill but this time it will fall on an +' count rather than a number. This will create a slightly odd timing that will make the fill stand out. This pattern will be similar to the One Beat Fill on Beat 2 lesson only placed an eighth note sooner, but that one quaver difference is a big one.

This placement is a little odd as most fills start and/or end on a numbered count and happen even less commonly in the middle of a bar. Placing some kind of accent at the end of the fill such as a crash and bass drum can add to that odd feel in a really good way. In fact crashes could be placed through the rest of the bar to make an interesting pattern, that will be showed in at least one example later on.

Listed below are a few examples of this fill applied within a one bar pattern. Various different rhythms and orchestrations have been used but there are many more options. Use the given parts as a basis to create your own patterns.


Example 1

A one beat fill on the + after  beat 2 in 4/4

Example 2

A one beat fill on the + after  beat 2 in 4/4

Example 3

A one beat fill on the + after  beat 2 in 4/4

Example 4

A one beat fill on the + after  beat 2 in 4/4

Example 5

A one beat fill on the + after  beat 2 in 4/4

TASK

  • Using the 2 minute rule, get all example fills up to a tempo of at least 125bpm.
  • Create your own variations of these fills.
  • Include these fills in a 4 or 8 bar pattern.