So you can play the basic pattern and can orchestrate it to create some fills. Now it needs to be applied with some groove so that it can be used practically.
The fills covered in the previous all work really well as they are. There is however a difficulty that arises from the way this fill is built. At the end of each of our fill examples there is a kick on the very last eighth note triplet, this means that when you start the next bar of groove there will be two kicks played quickly. Sometimes it is more beneficial to end the bar on a crotchet beat than try and get these quick notes in. That would give you something like this:
This gives you more time to comfortably switch from the fill back to a groove. It also works really well playing the crotchet note as a flam.
Listed below are three eighth bar patterns using both versions of the fill.
- Using the 2 minute rule, get all example exercises up to a tempo of at least 130bpm.
- Play all three examples as one continuous 24 bar long piece.
- Create your own variations of this fill pattern and use them in your playing.