Two-Bar Explosive Drum Fill – 3 Doors Down StyleNate Brown
This dynamic drum fill is used in the song Here Without You by 3 Doors Down, leading into the second half of the bridge.
Two-bar fills, especially at a slower tempo such as this, make for a long and often explosive transition in a song. Throughout this fill, Josh Freese uses a loose hi-hat for a heavy feel. The first bar is a beat-style fill with traditional back-beats on 2 and 4. In other words, it sounds like a drum beat. In the second bar, however, Freese cracks the snare on beat 1 and follows up with two more evenly spaced snare strokes (every 3rd sixteenth) creating the subtle impression of a polyrhythm. The time is found again on beat 3 with the bass drum playing the fill out with straight eighth notes.
This drum fill sounds great at faster tempos, as well. You can also experiment with breaking the fill up, using only portions of the piece. For example, beats 3 and 4 of the second bar make a great half-measure drum fill. If you come up with a cool use for this drum fill (or a portion of it), share it with us. We enjoy hearing from you!
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