Tom And Hi Hat Fills Using A 'e a +a +a 4 +a' Rhythm

Combining flat flams on the tom and hi hat with a syncopated rhythm.

In this fill construction lesson you will be learning patterns that combine toms and hi hats. The two voices have very different tonal qualities and when combined have a nice full sound. In all examples on this page, the hands follow the set rhythm of '1 + 2e 3e 4' and the gaps are filled in by kicks. It is important the flat flams are played exactly in time, there are lessons at the bottom of the page that will help with this.


Example 1

The rhythm orchestrated as a fill


Example 2

The rhythm orchestrated as a fill


Example 3

The rhythm orchestrated as a fill


Example 4

The rhythm orchestrated as a fill


Example 5

The rhythm orchestrated as a fill


Example 6

The rhythm orchestrated as a fill


TASK:

  • Learn all examples up to a tempo of at least 130bpm.
  • Apply different orchestrations to create your own parts.
  • Extend the fill to being a full bar pattern.
  • Add groove into the part and create some longer phrases.