Drum Fill #16 – Spacing TechniqueNate Brown
It’s too easy to get caught in a rut when it comes to drum fills, but there are ways to change or improve the drum fills that you already play. This lesson focuses on the technique of leaving a space at the beginning of the fill rather than starting every drum fill on beat 1. Starting your fill after the 1 often creates a syncopated, more interesting drum part.
Sometimes the space will create too much of an awkward silence in the song. You can fill that space with hi-hat strokes or other cymbals that don’t stand out as much. Number 4 below is an example with hi-hat strokes filling-in at the beginning.