5 Advanced Drum Fills inspired by Dave DiCenso, Dave Weckl, Dennis Chambers, Steve Gadd and Vinnie Colaiuta

As an end of year treat, we thought we’d upload five fabulous drum fills inspired by five drumming masters: Dave DiCenso, Dave Weckl, Dennis Chambers, Steve Gadd and Vinnie Colaiuta. These fiendish fills will keep you stocked up with inspiration for those empty measures of 2016. Happy New Year!

N.B. All of these drum fills are to be played up-tempo but should be practiced slowly at first to ensure rhythmic accuracy and dynamic control. We recommend you use a metronome and gradually increase the tempo.

 

1. Dave DiCenso Drum Fill

 

 

Dave-DiCenso-Drum-FillThis fill is difficult to master but everything will click into place with slow, steady repetition. Make sure you keep the tempo steady and pay careful attention to the accented notes in particular.

 

2. Dave Weckl Drum Fill

 

 

Dave-Weckl-Drum-FillNot as hard to master as the fill above but very effective and quite groovy if played up-tempo with a smooth flow. The unaccented notes should be played softly while the contrasting accented notes should really stand out as if to introduce the next section in the music boldly.

 

3. Dennis Chambers Drum Fill

 

 

Dennis-Chambers-Drum-FillWorks well in up-tempo jazz situations. Ensure the dotted quaver (eighth-note) is actually a dotted quaver and not a crotchet (quarter-note) triplet as you might be tempted to play. It’s much funkier this way!

 

4. Steve Gadd Drum Fill

 

 

Steve-Gadd-Drum-FillA drum fill typical of Steve Gadd’s understated brilliance. Pairs of notes across the snare drum, floor tom and bass drum serve as smooth filler for the perfectly placed crashes and high tom note.

 

5. Vinnie Colaiuta Drum Fill

 

 

Vinnie-Colaiuta-Drum-FillThis fill makes clever use of the hi-hat and five-note-spaced accents to create a highly impressive sounding single measure of music. All demi-semi-quavers (32nd-notes) should be played as single strokes and, it cannot be stressed enough that you should practice it slowly first!

Sir Drumalot wishes you a happy new year full of rhythm without the blues!

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One comment on “5 Advanced Drum Fills inspired by Dave DiCenso, Dave Weckl, Dennis Chambers, Steve Gadd and Vinnie Colaiuta
  1. Geek says:

    where the hell is the all important sticking on these grooves?

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