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Crash Fills

Drum fills are often comprised of a lot of drums, but adding some crashes into your drum fills can produce a great result.

Paradiddle Breakdown

The humble paradiddle's combination of single and double strokes lends itself to being accented on the beat. The double strokes allows a split-seconds extra time for the other stick to prepare for an accented stroke. Stick height is the most important element in playing accented sticking patterns with the right dynamics.

Moving Hands – Simple Drum Fill Technique

The Moving Hands technique is a simple way to create a drum fill by playing the same drum beat while moving your hands around the toms.

Pretty Woman – Roy Orbison

"Oh, Pretty Woman" was Roy Orbison's top ranking hit-single, released in 1964.

Hi-Hat Techniques from Closer

Learn the main drum beat from the song Closer by The Chainsmokers.

What I’ve Done – Linkin Park

"What I've Done" was the first single from Linkin Park's 2007 album, Minutes to Midnight. It also featured as the main theme for the original Transformers movie, released several months later.

Castle on the Hill – Ed Sheeran – Pre-chorus

"Castle on the Hill" along with "Shape of You" were the lead singles from Ed Sheeran's 2017 album, Divide. In Castle on the Hill, Leo Taylor plays the quarter-note pulse on the bass drum throughout most of the song, adding tom-based grooves and cymbal swells for dramatic effect.

Chopping Wood

This beat uses a chopping wood technique to drive the feel of the groove.

Go Robot – Red Hot Chili Peppers – Verse

Go Robot is the second single from Red Hot Chili Peppers' 2016 album, The Getaway.

Last Goodbye – Jeff Buckley

"Last Goodbye" was Jeff Buckley's most commercially successful original song – which featured on his critically acclaimed debut album, Grace (1994).

Welcome Home (Sanitarium) – Metallica – Verse

Welcome Home (Sanitarium) is a slow, dynamic song featured on Metallica's classic album, Master of Puppets (1986).

Rasputin – Boney M

"Rasputin" was a world-wide hit for euro-disco group Bony M, and the second hit-single from their Nightlight to Venus album (1978).

Brace – Birds of Tokyo – Verse

"Brace" is the title track from Birds of Tokyo's latest album—released in November 2016.

Tear in My Heart – Twenty One Pilots – Verse Beat

This two-measure figure is played several times in the verse sections of Twenty One Pilot's 2015 hit, Tear in My Heart.

St. Anger – Metallica – Chorus

"St. Anger" is the title track from Metallica's eighth studio album, released in 2003. It won a Grammy for Best Metal Performance in the following year.

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