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
2. Dave Weckl Drum Fill
Not 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
Works 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
5. Vinnie Colaiuta Drum Fill
This 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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