Drum Lessons Fills: Fourteen





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Published on Feb 21, 2012

Drum Lessons Fills - Fill Development Lesson Guide:

Fill Development Accompanying .PDF Sheet Music:

Video Quick Start Guide - Lessons 1 - 12:
Video Quick Start Guide - Lessons 13 - 24:

Please refer to the 7 Basic Beats lesson series for detailed breakdowns of the beats used in these lessons.

7 Basic Beats Lesson Guide:
7 Basic Beats .PDF Sheet Music:

Feel free to adapt and innovate these fills. Make them your own!

The goal of this lesson series is to build your fill vocabulary while developing the ability to create, improvise and quickly learn fills by ear.

These lessons will walk you through the creation of drum fills from the ground up, so that you will learn the language of fills commonly used in popular music.

Each of the fills will be played with a beat to encourage steady time and smooth transitions. The lessons begin with sticking patterns that provide a clear physical reference to the pulse.

By playing the fills at the end of four measure phrases, you will learn to place fills as markers for transitions between song sections. It is important to remember that drum fills serve a purpose in a song. Where, why and how you play a fill is more important than what you play. Taking a simple fill and making it sound good is always better than playing a complicated fill with poor timing or rough transitions.

As you progress through the series, you may discover that some fills require practice to work up to speed. Some lessons might take a week, while others will come naturally just in the duration of the video. Don't feel rushed if you can't play a fill right away. It is better to practice slowly and enjoy the process.

If you are working on a challenging fill, try memorizing it so you aren't dependent on the sheet music or videos. This will help you internalize and master the fill. Speed will come naturally as a result of relaxed, controlled practice.

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