Thursday, March 20, 2014

Max Roach fill in triplets

Here's a little variation I came up with of a classic Max Roach fill.

I'm sure many of you are familiar with this one:

It pops up in many great Roach solos, including "Jacqui".  Check out measures 18-19, at 0:28 on the video).

Another great way of playing this, especially when the tempo won't allow you to tear through those 16th notes is to simply play it with triplets.  There are a few different ways we can approach this.

First, let's keep the movement from drum to drum as close to the original spot as possible, like so:

Now, let's keep the original sticking intact.  We'll have to squish the ending a bit:

There are, of course, many different ways to arrange this fill, and I encourage you to come up with your own.  Here's one of mine.  Adding accents gives this fill some extra shape and makes it even more melodic than it already is.  I changed the ending a bit as well for a bigger impact.

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