Half Bar Single Stroke Triplet Fills

In this lesson you will be creating half bar fills from a Single Stroke Triplet. The fills on there own shouldn't be too hard if you have learned the rudiment already, the difficulty will come in switching to and from a standard bar of 4/4 groove. To help with the time you may find This Exercise useful. You may also find our Single Stroke Triplet Orchestration lessons useful.

Each exercise contains a bar of groove followed by a bar containing half a bar of groove and half a bar of triplet fill. The groove is included to highlight the importance of practicing switching from groove to fill, experiment with playing as many different groove patterns as you can think of. A note has been given on the construction of the fill in each example also.

Example 1

Straight Groups of Three moving around two drums. Remember, each time the voice is changed a different hand is used to start the grouping. Use the linked lesson for more ideas for this type of fill construction.

A half bar triplet fill.

Example 2

Each numbered count is played on a different drum while all other strokes stay on the snare.

A half bar triplet fill.

Example 3

A staggered grouping made of four notes followed by two notes.

A half bar triplet fill.

Example 4

A Syncopated example where groups of two are played within the triplet.

A half bar triplet fill.

Example 5

A similar construction idea to example two using crashes rather than toms.

A half bar triplet fill.

Example 6

Play the first note on a tom followed by snares.

A half bar triplet fill.


  1. Using the 2 minute rule, get all exercises up to a tempo of at least 135bpm.
  2. Add each example into one of the structures we have covered previously.
  3. Create your own fill pattern using these concepts.
  4. Use various feet patterns in each fill.



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