Grooving in seven is great but if you are ready to take it to the next level let’s try some intense, syncopated, polyrhythmic fills.

Choose an exercise and create a sticking from it with the following guidelines:

  • Rests are interpreted as left stroke
  • Notes are interpreted as right stroke

Use the sticking as a basis for your fills.

Make sure you are comfortable grooving and playing the sticking before combining them or moving the fill around. And always track of where beat one is!

Below are the examples Rich plays through in the video…

Page 25 (Groups of 3):

Page 26 (Groups of 4):



Page 27 (Groups of 5):



Page 28 and 29 (Groups of 6):



Getting outside the bar line makes odd times more musical and fun. This lesson will give us fills to do just that in 5/4.

A logical next step once you can comfortably play grooves in odd time signatures is to begin developing your fills. This video will get us playing syncopated, polyrhythmic fills in 3/4. Very Fun Stuff!

This segment features a way to get improvising in odd time signatures based on exercises from our Groups of 3, 5, 6 and 7.

Develop your odd time playing! Choose an option from the Groups of 5, 6, 7 or 9 and use it as the basis for building eighth note grooves.

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