Through this fill construction lesson you will be learning some common single stroke sixteenth sextuplet rolls where accented snares are added on '+' counts. Moving rolls around the kit using various note values is a very basic concept, so adding accents like this is a great way to break a fill up and create variation in your fills. As you are playing sextuplets this is going to be pretty fast, start out at a lower tempo and gradually build up speed and you get comfortable with the patterns. Those snare accents should really stand out so lay into them a little harder.
There are six examples of these sextuplet rolls given below to give you an idea of how the movement works, once you have learned these have a go at creating your own. You will notice I have built some of the parts by combining straight rolls with the accented version, this is worth exploring further. I haven't given examples combining this with rolls using other note values, you can create some very interesting fills by switching from, for example, sixteenth notes into the accented sextuplets.a
Sextiplet Roll Example 1
Sextiplet Roll Example 3
Sextiplet Roll aExample 5
- Place accents at various other points in a bar of sextuplet rolls.
- Add feet into the exercises above.
- Orchestrate the exercises above.
- Use alternate stickings.
- Vary the length of the fill.
- Combine with grooves to create short phrases.