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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.

Foot Refrain Drum Fills & Solo Concept

These drum fills are played over a hi-hat and bass drum refrain, keeping the time and holding the fills together.

Snare Based Grooves

These grooves use the snare drum to carry the beat. Accents, rimshots, and diddle strokes add dynamics and articulation to bring the grooves to life.

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.

Six Hard Rock Drum Fills

Enjoy this selection of 6 hard rocking drum fills and beats. Listen to the audio example, print the notation, and take it to your music stand.

A Sheetful of Swing Fills

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

Layering a Groove

Today's Tuesday beat takes a foundational groove and gradually add layers to fill out the groove.

Drum Fills A La Carte

Fill your weekend with this collection of syncopated rock drum fills. The exercises above include sample drum beats that can be replaced with any drum beat that you'd like to play.

A Bit of Linear Funk – Problem Live

This slick funk-rock groove is used by Keith McJimson in the live version of Problem by Ariana Grande.

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.

A Slick Almost-Linear Build

This linear groove starts off with a simple, but great-sounding, pattern. Each bar adds to the previous bar to gradually fill out the beat.

A Fun Build – 6 Beats

This fun group of six drum beats is a great way to begin your 2018. The audio sample below performs each beat four times before moving onto the next.

Carlock-Esque Ghosted Drum Beat – Scary!

Inspired by the funky, syncopated, ghost-stroke snare patterns immortalized by Keith Carlock, this groove will keep things moving.

Orchestrating a Syncopated Rhythm

Learn six drum fills based on the same rhythmic pattern. The re-orchestration technique allows you to create many drum fills with different flavors.

Heavy – Linkin Park – Chorus

"Heavy" is Linkin Park's first single from their recently released album, One More Light (2017).

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