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Quick, Slick Drum Lick

Learn a linear, single-measure drum fill made up of sixteenth notes and a fun sticking pattern.
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Creating Drum Fills from Linear Beats

This lesson explores the sticking pattern from a few weeks ago. This time, we are orchestrating the idea around the toms in a drum fill context. This fill starts on the "&" of beat 4 and keeps you in the pocket, locked in with the rest of the band.
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Monster Drum Fill

Learn an advanced two-measure sextuplet drum fill played between the kick, snare, hi-hat, and floor tom. The sticking pattern consists of a number of sixteenth-note triplet ideas that can be orchestrated or rearranged in a number of ways around the kit.
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Quick Travis Barker Drum Lick

This week's lesson explores a quick drum fill in the style of Blink 182's stickman, Travis Barker. The fill can be played as either 16th notes (2 bars) or a single measure of 32nd notes.
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Quick, Advanced Drum Fill

This lesson explores a slick single-measure drum lick consisting of sextuplets and sixteenth-note triplets orchestrated around the kit. Every beat uses a different sticking pattern between the hands and kick drum, with dynamics being the key to making this chop sound great.
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Cool, Fun Drum Fill or Solo Idea

This lesson borrows the sticking pattern from the previous lesson, combining a number of paradiddle variations to create a drum n bass style groove. In this lesson, we use the sticking pattern to create a more conventional drum fill between the kick, ride and snare. You could also loop this pattern and combine it with other ideas in a drum solo context.
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A Short But Sweet 32nd Note Drum Fill

Learn a short 32nd note drum fill over beats 1 & 2 and ending on beat 3 with a big fat snare hit. Beat 4 is rested. The idea is to create tension via a fast drum fill followed by a dramatic pause before returning to our groove.
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Five Essential Intermediate Drum Fills

This lesson explores five cracking drum fills, all of which have featured in some of the world's greatest rock tracks. Each of these sticking patterns include the kick drum, which is the main focus for these intermediate level drum licks.
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Rock & Pop Drum Fill – Intermediate Level

Learn a two-measure drum fill for intermediate level drummers. The fill is meant to be played at high tempos in a rock or pop context. The pattern is predominantly between the kick, snare, and hi-hat with choked hi-hats occurring throughout.
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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.
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Tasty Intermediate Drum Fill

Learn a two-measure linear drum fill perfect for intermediate level drummers.
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Sixteenth-Note Triplet Fills and Exercises

These exercises serve as a great workout for improving coordination, dexterity, and timing around the kit. They also make unique-sounding, punchy drum fills to use within your own playing.
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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.
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A Fun, Bonham-Style Drum Solo Exercise

Learn a fun solo idea inspired by Led Zeppelin's ferocious drummer, John Bonham.
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Crashing The ‘& Ah’

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

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