Syncopation System: Linear Triplet Fills

Posted on July 1, 2024

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I’ve really been plundering Syncopation for practice materials lately, and I’ve also really been enjoying my two pages of linear 16th fills. In that post I mentioned how I wasn’t sure which method I’d use to write linear triplet fills.

Since I shared my article about Syncopation in 6/8, I realized I have an answer: just turn the 6/8 rhythms into triplets and fill in the blanks again:

It’s just that easy folks.

I sticking with the strategy of using “Syncopation Set 2” (pages 34–37) as the ground work. Like my last two pages of linear fills, I highlighted the problematic ones with a red circle. (AKA the ones with triple and quadruple strokes on the kick, or ones that end with a kick double. If you’ve got a double pedal, go nuts.)

Again, starting with one measure phrases and then combining bars together is the preferred move. 

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