In this lesson you will be learning some another very simple fill construction idea in the time signature of 5/4 that involves playing a slightly shorter fill over beats 4 and 5 of the bar that will be built solely of 8th notes. This concept has previously been applied to the time signatures of 4/4 and 3/4, so it is just a case of getting comfortable with the concept in the context of the new time signature that needs to be worked on rather than the mechanics of the parts. Links to those lessons can be found at the bottom of the page and are worth have a go at. In 4/4 this length of fill would have been referred to as a half bar fill for self explanatory reasons. However, in 5/4 that terminology doesn't apply as the section now fills two fifths of the bar.
When learning these fills, start the pattern slowly and make sure your note and hand placement is accurate first. When you are happy with the movements, then work on building up tempo a bit at a time. Once you can play the part at a good speed (I'd recomend 110bpm plus) try playing an AAAB style pattern all in 5/4 where the 'B' section is your new fill. As the fills are that bit shorter, the start of the bar is filled with groove.
- Learn the examples shown above upto a tempo of at least 120bpm.
- Create your own variations on each example by moving around the orchestration.
- Add the fills into a structured pattern.