'RLLFRL' Fills With Right Hands On Cymbals

A syncopated six note fill construction idea combining hands and feet.

In this lesson you will be building one bar fills by applying a simple orchestration to the 'RLLFRL' sticking pattern. This will just involve playing the part with all right hands on cymbals and lefts on either snares or a combination of toms. You can find a link to various other lessons on this sticking pattern, included a basic walk through of the movement, at the bottom of the page.

Whilst the fills created here sound good in most contexts, they work particularly well against a more straight rhythm part as that will further emphasize the syncopation. Use the five ideas given below as a starting point to creating your own syncopated fills.


Example 1

A one bar syncopated RLLFRL fill


Example 2

A one bar syncopated RLLFRL fill


Example 3

A one bar syncopated RLLFRL fill


Example 4

A one bar syncopated RLLFRL fill


Example 5

A one bar syncopated RLLFRL fill


TASK

  • Learn the fills shown above to a tempo of around 140bpm.
  • Use the given ideas to create your own fills using this concept.
  • Apply the fill to your playing.