Three Quarter Bar Sixteenth Note Fills

Some simple fills that last three quarters of a bar and only use sixteenth notes.

This lesson expands on our Three Quarter Bar Eighth Note Fills and replaces the eighth notes with sixteenth notes. The aim of this lesson is to familiarize you further with the new fill length and to provide some ideas of how to construct these fills.

In the examples below you will first be shown the fill without groove. You will then be given a four bar phrase using the 'A A A B' structure. Remember to repeat the phrase to practice switching from fill to groove.


Example 1

The first fill is just four straight sixteenth notes on the snare covering beats 2, 3 and 4.

Fill

A three quarter bar fill made of sixteenth notes.

Phrase

A four bar phrase using the fill.


Example 2

In this fill you will be playing groups of four across three different drums.

Fill

A three quarter bar fill made of sixteenth notes.

Phrase

A four bar phrase using the fill.


Example 3

This fill is based on the Triangle Pattern.

Fill

A three quarter bar fill made of sixteenth notes.

Phrase

A four bar phrase using the fill.


Example 4

This pattern uses groups of two on each drum.

Fill

A three quarter bar fill made of sixteenth notes.

Phrase

A four bar phrase using the fill.


Example 5

Finally, an odd grouping.

Fill

A three quarter bar fill made of sixteenth notes.

Phrase

A four bar phrase using the fill.


TASK

:

  • Using the 2 minute rule, get all fills up to a tempo of at least 135bpm.
  • Get all four bar phrases up to a tempo of at least 135bpm.REMEMBER to practice repeating the phrases and eliminate any gaps in timing. A metronome is very useful for this.
  • Use different grooves in each phrased example.
  • Create your own three quarter bar sixteenth note fills then apply them to a phrased example.

I recommend trying our Very Short Fills or A B Exercises Using Sixteenth Note Fills next.