A specific grouping of eight and sixteenth notes within a common triplet movement.
On this page you will be developing the hand to foot triplet fill (linked at the bottom of the page) by adding in an extra sixteenth note on the kick. This increases the co ordination challenge and makes the timing more difficult but creates an imensely cool fill pattern. The rhythm for the part is best counted '1 2 3+' as the extra sixteenth note throws things off a little. At higher tempos you could play the two kicks over a double kick pedal
For the sake of this lesson we will be bulding full bar fills but you can obviously adjust this according to your needs. Notated, it looks like this:
Before moving on to any orchestrations of this fill, spend time making sure you can play this pattern fluidly. There should be no pauses around the kick drum notes, it is one constant bar of eighth note triplets. It may be worth looking at the hand - foot co ordination lesson linked at the bottom of the page too.
Listed below are several common orchestrations of this pattern. Each pattern uses the same sticking but the hands will be moved around the kit.
- Using the 2 minute rule, get all example fills up to a tempo of at least 130bpm.
- Create further orchestrations on the given parts.
- Experiment with fill length.
- Apply the fills to your playing.