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Six Linear “Skeleton” Drum Fills

The term "Skeleton," in drumming, refers to drum parts that use only the snare, bass, and cymbals. In other words, no toms or other drums are used. If you see a drum kit with only snare, bass, and cymbals, you could call it a skeleton setup (or skeleton kit).

Six Choice Shuffle Drum Beats & Fills

Six shuffle beats and fills to satisfy any of your shuffle urges. The examples are arranged from simplest to most complex. Feel free to interchange the drum beats, and explore how each beat brings a different transition and feel to the drum fill.

Six Go-Gos

These Go-Go beats are arranged from starter level to more advanced arrangements. Beats 5 and 6 incorporate eighth notes with the hi-hat foot.

The Way of the Hi-Hat

Hi-hat patterns and articulations can change the feel of a groove entirely. Because of this, it's important to recognize the feel your hi-hat patterns create — and to use that knowledge to choose hi-hat patterns that match the feel of the song.

A Sheetful of Swing Fills

Enjoy a handful of 7 drum fills that can be used along with any swing situation.

Have a 6/8 Weekend

Enjoy four patterns in 6/8 along with some drum fill ideas. The first two drum fills are straightforward while the third and fourth explore syncopated crashes.

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.