Double Kick And Cymbal Fills In 6/8

Using runs of 16th note double kick with cymbals to construct fills in the time signature of 6/8.

In this lesson I will continue to show how cool it is to play a short burst of 16th note double kick with various combinations of cymbals played over the top when constructing fills. The movements used will be a long the same lines as those in previous lessons which you can find linked at the bottom of the page so I strongly recommend you have a look at that first.

You will learn two versions of this idea on this page. The first ends with a run of sixteenths and the second starts with the sixteenths. That first movement looks like this:

The basic shape for these fills

The idea is that you play a single stroke roll over one or two cymbals with 16th note bass drums matching the rhythm and sticking of the hands. These shapes will be applied in various ways but you will need to be able to play at least a full bars worth of it. Listed below are several examples of fills using this pattern, an explanation on construction is given with each. Each fill is shown in the context of a one bar phrase. With each given example try playing it as part of a longer four or eight bar section.


Example 1

A fill made of 16th note kicks and cymbals


Example 2

A fill made of 16th note kicks and cymbals


Example 3

A fill made of 16th note kicks and cymbals


Example 4

A fill made of 16th note kicks and cymbals


Example 5

A fill made of 16th note kicks and cymbals


Example 6

A fill made of 16th note kicks and cymbals


Example 7

A fill made of 16th note kicks and cymbals


Example 8

A fill made of 16th note kicks and cymbals


TASK

  • Using the 2 minute rule, get all examples up to a tempo of around 150bpm.
  • Experiment with creating further fills from this idea. A separate lesson will be given on combining this with rolls around the kit.
  • Add all fills to a structured piece.