Fill Techniques from The Ballad of Mona LisaNate Brown
Learn some great short fill and linear fill techniques like in the song The Ballad of Mona Lisa by Panic! at the Disco.
Bar 28 below is a well-placed example of a commonly used short fill in today’s popular music. A short fill is used to compliment small transitions in a song or simply to add interest to an otherwise repetitive drum beat.
In this case, the drum fill is used to add interest between the first 4 bars of the pre-chorus and the second 4 bars.
During bars 31-32, a combination of both a build-fill and a full-measure linear drum fill is used to build energy while transitioning into the chorus. When a two-measure drum fill is used in music, it’s often used to explode into a high-energy part of the song, such as a chorus.
However, sometimes they’re used as a tease. An audience expects something high-energy after a fill like this. Giving them something unexpected is often a “breath of fresh air.”
However you choose to use drum fills, be creative. Make sure they compliment the movement of the song and make the song a listening adventure for the audience.
There are over 300 drum fills designed to develop your drum fill coordination and knowledge.
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