Drum Fill #1 – ChocolateNate Brown
Be sure to play this fill with ‘groove’ — or for a more technical description — with the appropriate metric modulation. Next to the tempo indicator you’ll see two sixteenth notes, an equal sign and a broken triplet. That means the sixteenth notes should be played like triplets but with the middle triplet missing: da … da da … da da (in drummer-speak). This gives the fill a bouncy, swing feel.
You can use this fill in a lot of situations. You might even decide to break the fill apart, playing only the first or the second half of the fill to create a half-measure application. Another fun way to explore this fill is to try playing it with straight sixteenths instead of the swing sixteenths, creating a more rigid feeling.
If you’re interested, you can get the sheet music for Chocolate HERE, which includes many more drum fills.
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