The fills on this page will be constructed from straight eighth notes that follow a Linear Pattern. A linear pattern is one in which only one voice is used at a time so common movements such as a right hand with a kick or snare aren't used. Simple single stroke style patterns would count as linear but for this construction method I am going to make things a little more interesting by replacing some hands with bass drums. The movements will require some control of your hand/foot co-ordination so it may be worth looking at this Hand Foot Co-Ordination Exercise first. There is also a similar lesson for Fills In 5/8.
Several examples of this fill concept are listed below, all with a brief explanation of what is happening. Each example has two sets of exercises with it, one is a straight snare and kick fill and the second an orchestrated version of that. Try to create multiple fills for each example by re-orchestrating the original kick/snare version.
Replace the first note in the bar with a bass drum. The orchestration follows a similar movement to the Triangle Pattern.
Replacing the second note of the bar with a bass drum. The orchestration uses a flam and some simple movements.
Replacing the third note of the bar with a kick. A straight 'round the kit' movement is used for the orchestration this time.
This time the fourth note of the bar is replaced with a kick. Hi hats are used in the orchestration which can create an interesting sound in this context.
The fifth note of the bar is replaced with a kick. A Reverse Roll style movement is used for the orchestration.
The sixth note of the bar is replaced with a kick. An uneven movement is used for the orchestration.
The final note of the bar is replaced with a kick.
The next set of fills all have multiple bass drums in the bar, in this first one the second and fifth notes of the bar have been replaced with kicks. The orchestration uses a mixture of flams and hi hats.
Here the kick placement creates two groups of 3 followed by a single eighth note which has then been orchestrated using flams moving around the kit.
Two kicks have been placed in the middle of the bar and then orchestrated using hi hats, snares and toms.
- Using the 2 minute rule, get all exercises upto a tempo of at least 140bpm.
- Play a four bar phrase in 7/8 where the fourth contains a linear eighth note fill. Repeat this phrase over.
- Create your own 7/8 linear fills, write down any that you really like.