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THE JAZZ 9 FILL

   

In this lesson we will look at some popular patterns of 9 we can play within triplets, in a jazz feel. The following 2 phrases both consist of 9 triplets each (3 beats worth of 3 triplets each), but are played within 4/4 time. This means the phrase falls over the barline.

Here is the sticking for the first pattern, between the RH on ride cymbal and LH on snare drum..

f we play this 3 beat pattern repetitively over 4/4 time, we get this interesting phrasing over the bar line..

Notice that the pattern starts again after exactly 3 bars.. How many beats long is the fill? 3. That's no coincidence. The notes in blue above indicate where in the bar the pattern starts again.

 

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