A fill construction idea based on using the hands and feet in a quick grouping of 3.
On this page you will be developing the previous level 2 hand to foot triplet fill (linked at the bottom of the page) by double up the speed. This increase the co ordination challenge but creates an imensely cool fill pattern. As shown in the previous lesson, the basic pattern will be a triplet played 'R L F' giving you a very broken pattern. These breaks will make the fill sound far more complicated than it actually is, especially when played at higher tempos.
For the sake of this lesson we will be bulding full bar fills but you can obviously adjust this according to your needs. Rhythmically, you will end up with a full bar of sextuplets whithin which the third and six notes will be played on a bass drum. Notated, it looks like this:
Before moving on to any orchestrations of this fill, spend time making sure you can play this pattern fluidly. There should be no pauses around the kick drum notes, it is one constant bar of sixteenth note triplets. It may be worth looking at the hand - foot co ordination lesson linked at the bottom of the page too.
Listed below are several common orchestrations of this pattern. Each pattern uses the same sticking but the hands will be moved around the kit.
- Using the 2 minute rule, get all example fills up to a tempo of at least 130bpm.
- Create further orchestrations on the given parts.
- Experiment with fill length.
- Apply the fills to your playing.