To a lot of drummers, syncopated notation (and playing the notation, for that matter) seems to be an alien concept. However, taking a step back to examine a few of the most common syncopated patterns can ease our syncopated woes. They're not as difficult to read as they may appear at first glance.
Throughout 2016, our lessons teaching drum fills and drum fill concepts remained very popular. So, we figured we'd start off 2017 with a few drum fill ideas and a simple technique for re-orchestrating drum fills around the toms to create a melodic layer.
Learn some exercises and techniques to get the most out of your toms.
This dynamic drum fill is used in the song Here Without You by 3 Doors Down, leading into the second half of the bridge.
This lesson explores two drum fill variations that incorporate the low tom in a syncopated, beat-style application.
Learning to play new drum beats is a lot of fun and very rewarding. Many beginner to intermediate level drummers tend to play new drum beats at face value without further exploring ways to add their own personal touch to make the beat feel the way it needs to in order to meet their given situations.
Skeleton fills are a fun technique to explore. In this lesson, learn what a skeleton fill is, and enjoy a few examples to get you started.
By starting the triplet fill on the third stroke of the triplet instead of the first, Bonham creates a hesitated, syncopated drum fill. Learn this triplet technique used by John Bonham in the song Kashmir.
Learn some of the classic tom fills from the song Down Under by Men at Work.
Charlie Watts uses simple yet powerful fills in Gimme Shelter. In this lesson, learn his technique and ways to easily make it your own.
This lesson explores a drum fill played by Chad Smith in the outro section of the song Give It Away. Learn this extending-the-fill technique and some applications for around the drum kit.
Bang Bang is featured on Green Day's latest album Revolution Radio. This lesson explores the upbeat tom groove intro and punk, headbanging classic beat.
Jen Ledger uses a clever mixture of syncopation and power in her drum part on Stars. In this lesson, learn a few fills and grooves from the song and some ideas for incorporating them into your playing.
Learn an uncharacteristically laid-back Chad Smith lick used in the Chili Pepper song We Turn Red.
Steve Smith brings the Latin flavor to On Green Dolphin Street. Learn this great groove that keeps you moving around the kit in a fresh way.