12 Beginner Drum Fills

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Experienced drummers are always saying that the groove is the main thing. That’s true. Having a great feel when you play beats is non-negotiable, but you still have to be able to play some cool fills when the time is right.

One of the most common questions I get from beginners is “can you show me some drum fills?” Of course, I’m always happy to oblige. And that is the topic of this post: drum fills for beginners.

Here are 12 simple drum fills. Nothing fancy. Just a dozen reliable fills that will work in many situations. They are all based on eighth and/or sixteenth notes and they are all just two beats long. They are also all just hands only. No hand/foot combinations here. These fills are all about taking simple rhythms and placing them on different drums with confidence.

And they sound pretty good.

There’s a video for you to check out so you know how the fills should sound. Below the video is a link with a PDF so you can download and print out a sheet with all the fills written out note-for-note.

Ready? Check out the video:

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OK, here they are on this PDF: 12 beginner drum fills

Why don’t you give these a try? Work on these fills and let me know what you think.

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