Posts in category: Drum Fills

12 Beginner Drum Fills

One of the most common questions I get is “can you show me some fills?” I always answer, “yes!” And for beginners, I try to show them fairly simple ones that–of course–still sound great. That’s what this post is all about. These fills are all hands-only and all two beats long (that’s why the notation […]


5 Killer Gadd Licks 5

Hey everyone! 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 […]


5 Killer Gadd Licks 4 | The Six Stroke Roll

Our fourth installment of “5 Killer Gadd Licks” is a rudimental pattern. I can’t remember what recording I first heard it on, but it was definitely Gadd. It might have been from one of his solos with Chick Corea (one transcription of a Gadd solo that includes the six stroke roll can be found HERE). […]


Five Killer Gadd Licks Three

Hello Everyone! This time we’re going to look at another great Steve Gadd idea. It’s one of his staples; you’ll hear it frequently in his solos. This online drum lesson will include video and a PDF with the lick written out note-for-note. One thing that I talk about in the video is the idea of […]