Simple Swing Sixteenths – Drum FillsNate Brown
Some simple patterns, when orchestrated around multiple drums, create complex-sounding, syncopated grooves. In this lesson, we're orchestrating a full bar of sixteenth notes around the kit.
The sixteenth notes in each example below are played with alternating sticking (i.e. R, L, R, L etc.) and are to be played with swing.
As you can see in #1, the pattern is simple: a tom stroke and then two snare strokes. This pattern repeats over and over throughout the entire bar. Because this pattern repeats after every 3rd stroke, we get a syncopated sound.
Try out the examples below. Tip: Don’t pay too much attention to the open hi-hat indicators in #5. The hi-hat foot will automatically be open when those strokes are hit because of the 8th notes you’re playing with the foot.