In our fifth of our “5 Killer Gadd Licks,” here is a very useful bit of drumming vocabulary for you. I’m confident that if you don’t know this one already, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how much mileage you get out of it. It’s not a flashy idea, at least not how I show it to you here. But if you wanted to make it flashy, you could, simply by speeding it up, re-ordering the notes a bit, changing the rhythmic metrics, or changing the orchestration.
I’m going to share a way for you to make it super flashy in another post, but for now, let’s check out the way I first heard Steve Gadd play it, which is as 16th notes. The pattern is simply RLRF.
Here is the PDF of the examples I play in the video so you can print it out and have it on hand while watching the video or simply bring it to your practice room: 5 Killer Gadd Licks #5 PDF
Now, check out the video:
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Bob Beucler says
A basic fill but very helpful for those who might not know it. I’ve been doing this type of fill for years and it’s very versatile; I like how the groove stays apparent within the fill. And again, your drum tone is just killer! Thank you for this video; I enjoyed it!
Mark Feldman says
Thanks, Bob! I appreciate it. Yes, it’s not fancy, but it is very useful as a piece of vocabulary and not everyone knows it…. it’s also a great introduction to the world of hand/foot ideas.