Six Linear “Skeleton” Drum Fills

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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).

Beats 1 and 2 of each drum fill (i.e. the first half of the fill) are repeated for beats 3 and 4 (i.e. the second half of the fill). After learning these fills, try mixing the halves from the six fills to create new fills. If you come up with something that you like, please contact us to let us know. We’d enjoy sharing it with other visitors to this page.

Learn more Skeleton Fills in Nate Brown’s video drum lesson, Skeleton Fill.