8th Note Triplet Hand To Foot Fill Construction

A fill construction idea based on using the hands and feet in a grouping of 3.

The fill you are going to learn in this lesson is immensely popular, many of the worlds greatest drummers throw this into their playing regularly. Because of the way the fill is built, it sounds much more complex than it is. Whilst the concept is simple, building up the co ordination between your hand and feet to a suitable level can take some work.

The fill is made up of a bar of eighth note triplets. Each beats worth of triplet is played 'Right Hand, Left Hand, Right Foot'. Notated, it looks like this:

Example of the fills pattern

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.


TASK

  1. Using the 2 minute rule, get the basic pattern up to a tempo of at least 130bpm.

Once you have completed the above task we can start orchestrating the pattern to create some simple fills. Each example below follows the same sticking and timing but the hands will be moved around the kit.

Example 1

Example 1


Example 2

Example 2


Example 3

Example 3


Example 4

Example 4


Example 5

Example 5


TASK

  1. Using the 2 minute rule, get all example fills up to a tempo of at least 130bpm.

Why not try out lesson on Applying The Fill Practically next.