Watch the Fills online guitar lesson by Joe Dalton from Acoustic Blues Handbook

Fills are the instrumentalist’s way to answer the vocal. The best way to create a phrase is to know the scale to pull the melody notes from. Most fills are simple, short, and to the point. Here we have a pre-written fill. Often, as a player, you will be called on to improvise these fills. Always be careful of your timing and phrasing. Be certain your fill goes with the song and the vocal line. Be musical and tasteful.