Tired of the Same Old Drum Fills?
I’ve devoted a lot of study to working on playing interesting fills and developing a deep vocabulary of great sounding ideas to play. If you’ve read the “Nasty Drum Licks” series on the blog, you’ll know that’s true and you’ll also know that I’m truly qualified to teach you about this stuff. A few more reasons you can trust me on this topic?
Well, some of the world’s best drummers–Simon Phillips, Kenny Aronoff, Neil Peart and John Riley–have all had some very complimentary things to say about my playing. You can read what they had to say here: Testimonials
Let Me Share My Secrets With You
I want to share some of my tricks and secrets for playing great drum fills with you. Some of this stuff will require really good technique, but some will rely less on technique and more on being “crafty.” For example, even if you can’t blaze your double stroke roll or paradiddles, you can still get a lot out of this class because many of the best ideas come from how you integrate your hands and feet to create patterns. However, this material is definitely not for beginners. You should have a decent understanding of reading rhythmic notation to take this class. And you should have a desire to want to play some MONSTER FILLS!
What Are We Going To Work On?
We’re going to work on using sticking patterns that will allow you to play really cool sounding fills easily. There are some patterns that are more easily applicable to the drum set than others, and that simply just sound cooler when you apply them. But what are these patterns? These are some of the secrets that I will show you.
With any of these great sounding sticking patterns “in hand,” you’ll then be able to simply apply it in different ways on the drum set. Once you can put the pattern on “auto-pilot” just changing what drums you play will allow you to play some amazing sounding fills!
We’re also going to learn some great hand/foot patterns in order to create some huge sounding fills. Mixing your bass drum in with your hands is one of the secrets that the world’s best drummers use to great advantage in their playing. I’m going to introduce you to how to do this with some great sounding ideas that you’ll be able to apply almost immediately (I say “almost” because the truth is that none of this will work for you if you don’t practice).
Finally, we’ll combine some of the sticking ideas and hand/foot ideas in order to make other super cool sounding fills.
How Are You Going To Teach Us Exactly?
The class worksheets I’m going to give you are very detailed. Everything we work on will be written down for you in music notation so you can practice it after we’re done in class. We’ll also break the ideas down in class very slowly so you can understand exactly how they work. You may not be able to master the stuff in our 90 minutes together, but you’ll be able to take it home and work on it.
Just to give you a sense of some of my ideas, check out this live video of me playing and taking some mini solo drum breaks with my band LEVEL5 recently.
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