Full Bar Sixteenth Note Fills

Some simple fills that fill a whole bar and only use sixteenth notes.

This lesson follows the same structure as our Full Bar 8th Note Fills but this time all fills will be built from 16th notes. As before, you will be given an example fill followed by a four bar phrase with the fill applied. The phrase will use an 'A A A B' structure and all fills will have been used or will be similar to our Single Stroke Roll Orchestrations. The aim of this lesson is to familiarize you with switching from a groove to a 16th note fill and to provide some ideas of how to construct these fills.

Remember, the counting for a full bar of sixteenth notes is '1 e + a 2 e + a 3 e + a 4 e + a'. Unless stated otherwise, use a single stroke sticking. The percentage sign repeat mark has been used in the phrased example to stop the notation getting squashed.


Example 1

The first fill is very straight forward, it's just eighth notes played on the snare. If the right hand of the groove is playing quavers then the snares of this fill will be the same speed as those.

Fill

A full bar fill made of sixteenth notes.

Phrase

A four bar phrase using the fill.


Example 2

Here you will be playing four sixteenth notes across four different drums.

Fill

A full bar fill made of sixteenth notes.

Phrase

A four bar phrase using the fill.


Example 3

This fill uses groups of two that move around the kit.

Fill

A full bar fill made of sixteenth notes.

Phrase

A four bar phrase using the fill.


Example 4

The fill in this example uses staggered groupings.

Fill

A full bar fill made of sixteenth notes.

Phrase

A four bar phrase using the fill.


Example 5

The last fill uses the Moving Accents idea.

Fill

A full bar fill made of sixteenth notes.

Phrase

A four bar phrase using the fill.


TASK:

  1. Using the 2 minute rule, get all fills up to a tempo of at least 120bpm.
  2. Get all four bar phrases up to a tempo of at least 120bpm.REMEMBER to practice repeating the phrases and eliminate any gaps in timing. A metronome is very useful for this.
  3. Use different grooves in each phrased example.
  4. Create your own full bar sixteenth note fills then apply them to a phrased example.

I recommend trying our Half Bar Eighth Note Fills, Three Quarter Bar Eighth Note Fills, A B Exercises Using Eighth Note Fills or Very Short Fills next.