Four Beat Fills At The End Of A Bar Of 7/4

Building four beat fills at the end of a bar of 7/4 using various concepts.

In this lesson on playing fills in the time signature of 7/4 you will be playing a fill that covers the last four beats of the bar. These fills will be similar to those following the same concept in other time signatures and you can find links to some of these at the bottom of the page. This could be thought of as the equivalent to playing a bar of 3/4 as groove followed by a bar of 4/4 as fill. The reason you would notate this in 7/4 rather than split over two bars is usually down to the phrasing of the piece of music as a whole.

Various ideas for grooves have been taken from our level 1 and level 2 grooves lessons. A variety of rhythms and rudiments have been used for the fills and the intention is for you to.


Example 1

A four beat fill at the end of a bar of 7/4


Example 2

A four beat fill at the end of a bar of 7/4


Example 3

A four beat fill at the end of a bar of 7/4


Example 4

A four beat fill at the end of a bar of 7/4


Example 5

A four beat fill at the end of a bar of 7/4


TASK

  1. Using the 2 minute rule, get all exercises up to a tempo of at least 130bpm.
  2. Play a four bar phrase in 7/4 where the fourth contains a four beat fill. Repeat this phrase over.
  3. Create your own four beat fill in 7/4.
  4. Experiment with other lengths of fill in this time signature.