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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).

Twelve “Walking” Beats & Fills

The Walking foot pattern is a lot of fun to play and makes for a great drum solo concept. The term "walking" refers to the motion of your feet while playing the technique — right, left, right, left — like you're walking.

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.

5 Great Beginner Drum Fills

This lesson explores 5 great drum fills simple enough for a newer player but slick enough for everyone to enjoy.

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.

Tasty Intermediate Drum Fill

Learn a two-measure linear drum fill perfect for intermediate level drummers.

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.

Every Third Sixteenth

Each of the fills below share a basic, accented sixteenth-note pattern. Accents are played every third sixteenth note. In fills 1 through 3, the accents begin on beat 1. Fills 4 through 6 begin the accent pattern on the "&" of beat 1.

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.

Crashing The ‘& Ah’

This lesson extends last week's lesson called Exploring The & Ah.

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.

Advanced Drum Lick Idea

For this week's drum lesson we have got part 2 of our intermediate to advanced drum lick. If you can smoothly combine the idea from last week with this idea you have got yourself a sweet sounding, advanced 2 measure drum fill that includes a number of sticking patterns — including a cheeky little stepped hi-hat idea. I hope you enjoy it, and I would love to hear how you get on with it!

Hi-Hat Fills? Why Not!?

This lesson strays from the common application of drum fills where toms and snare strokes are at the heart of the fill. By placing an emphasis on the hi-hat, a more subtle (but often effective) drum fill can emerge.

Tasty Intermediate – Advanced Drum Lick

This lesson builds upon last week's Thursday lesson by adding an extra measure of a more dynamic and complex sticking pattern to "buff" it up to a more advanced-level drum fill.