Building A Drum Fill In 3 Steps Registration for Ghost Note Mastery ends tonight CLOSING TONIGHT: Register for Ghost Note Mastery SHEET MUSIC Be sure and leave a comment below! 18 comments on “Building A Drum Fill In 3 Steps” Lila says: May 5, 2016 at 6:49 pm Interesting video. As a newbie (just had my one year mark with the drums), I find myself very dependent on the written music. When I try drumless play-along tracks, I practice beats and keeping time, but struggle with applying simple fills. Reply Ben says: May 5, 2016 at 8:30 pm Lila, I can totally relate that’s how I was when I started. I developed the skill of applying feels naturally. The more comfortable I became on the kit from playing the more free I felt to move around. Reply Graeme McDonald says: May 6, 2016 at 1:53 am Nice approach Stephen. Being an older drummer and having been a pro for a long time I can relate to what you’ve outlined. How about ‘Diddling’ on the accents & leaving the other notes as is?? As you say … There’s a bottomless pit of stickings & variations. Reply Constantijn says: May 6, 2016 at 2:13 am My favorite drum fill is: Jeff Porcaro’s fill on When A Men Loves A Woman. It’s an expressive fill with a lot of space in it. That’s something I try to incorporate when I’m playing the drums Reply Chris says: May 6, 2016 at 8:37 am I’m a big fan of the fills Bonham plays after the break in Fool in the Rain! So much power and expressiveness! Reply mokko says: May 6, 2016 at 9:24 am I like this topic. I think about fills in a similar way: What are good rules that produce nice fills (on average, nothing has to be perfect). Or rules that let me decide if this fill is good enough to be used in this spot or not. But these rules have to be context-sensitive. We need fills that are appropriate for a) the place in the song, b) the song, c) the style/genre (and of course d) for the drummer, but that seems rather obvious to me). Also, I would think it might make sense to have different rules for beginners and advanced drummers. Reply Amanda says: May 6, 2016 at 10:12 am Thank you for this lesson!! This makes so much sense to me. I’m not sure why I haven’t thought of it this way before. I’m also new to drumming. Never took lessons professionally but I’m now the drummer in our family band after losing our drummer. I tend to try to memorize the drum patterns but I’m trying hard to ‘feel’ it naturally. Counting the fills this way is going to help me immensely. One of My struggles is with a song we play: What I Like About You…Lillix cover There’s a drum Breakdown that I never play the same way twice. Now I’ll try to count out the space and make it sound smother. Thanks again! Reply Stephen says: May 6, 2016 at 11:09 am So glad it helped Amanda! Reply Anonymous says: May 6, 2016 at 2:13 pm Black Hole Sun by Soungarten features the most EPIC drum fill of the 90’s. Reply Bob says: May 6, 2016 at 3:15 pm Love the creative way you approach the fill. Simple concepts that when strung together make it sound phenomenal. We know that speed can be essential to this fill, but the rudiments selected make it buzz. Great job (as always) Stephen. My favorite fill is actually an intro. Going way back to Little Richard’s “Keep A Knocking” never fails to excite me…check it out if you can. Reply Mark says: May 7, 2016 at 6:58 am Great lesson. I would recommend George Lawence Stone’s Accents and Rebounds book and take this approach. Page 4 and 5 will keep you busy for a while. You can do it as is or cut time Reply Robson do Carmo says: May 13, 2016 at 12:11 pm Fantastic cues! Thanks a lot and keep doing more videos for us to grow up musically. Robson do Carmo from Brazil. Reply Huw Rees says: January 5, 2017 at 1:28 pm Nice lesson Stephen, well delivered, great ideas. On another note, what are you hats? EFX crash over another crash? cheers man Reply Stephen says: January 5, 2017 at 4:01 pm Glad it helped! That’s an EFX 16″ crash on top of a K light top hihat on bottom. Hope that helps! Reply Robert Hawkins says: January 5, 2017 at 7:43 pm Great video Stephen. I like fills using triplets, especially in 16th notes, like lots of the old jazz guys used to do. I find it can give a single stroke roll real character and movement. I love the way Ginger Baker used these types of jazz techniques in his playing especially with Cream. The guy takes some fairly simple concepts then blows everyone away with the way he applies them to the kit. Many many years ago I had lessons from a great jazz/dance band drummer who, knowing my passion for Cream and Ginger Baker, took some of the fills and solos apart to teach me how the were constructed. Now nearly 30 years on and returning to the drums, I wish I had listened to him more! I really enjoyed your approach to constructing fills, so often to have a technique or formula that can be applied easily and quickly can really help get you out of a hole and develop confidence. Reply Igor Stankovic says: January 6, 2017 at 12:08 pm Grover Washington, Jr. Mister Magic ,from1,42 to 1,49 Reply Prince says: January 16, 2017 at 5:22 am i have been playing and still want to improve my level of playing. Reply Bob says: January 25, 2017 at 6:30 pm I love the fill from Phil Collins “in the air tonight”! Reply Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Notify me via e-mail if anyone answers my comment.