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Post Mon May 14, 2007 12:23 pm

Alot of my favorite fills come from my roots of playing 80's hard rock. There was a band back in the late 80's early 90's called XYZ, not sure who the drummer was but he did alot of tom-double bass fills that were tasteful and powerful.

I suggest breaking your fills down understand what your playing, is it musically correct? Usually in alive situation if the song your playing feels to song your probably playing it the right speed. I can understand and read notation 1/4 notes,8th,16th 32nd notes.. but I'm not one that can truely read music. The most sloppy fills I've heard are from drummer who just don't understand music and how to place fills.
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Post Mon May 14, 2007 5:40 pm

i think that nick mason from pink floyd has some great fills. simple, but strategic and fitting.
also, you have the technical prog guys like carey, peart, portnoy, and palmer.
jazz and fusion greats like white, cobham, gadd, and weckl also have incredibly articulate and impressive fills.

my thoughts on drum fills are:
do what fits the song. be tasteful and don't try to make every fill a solo.
stay on time, but it's pkay to step outside the box and try being polymetric
be creative. don't just go snare, rack tom, rack tom, floor tom with every fill.
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Post Mon May 14, 2007 7:21 pm

I'd vote for Gavin Harrison as the least likely to play a cliche fill-
his are surprising and unexpected, and always embellish a song in just the right way.
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Post Mon May 14, 2007 8:18 pm

I play some rushed fills on purpose for dramatic effect plus if you do it purpose it's in time and sounds kinda cool
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Post Mon May 14, 2007 9:11 pm

m wrote:I'd vote for Gavin Harrison as the least likely to play a cliche fill-
his are surprising and unexpected, and always embellish a song in just the right way.


yeah. him and bill bruford. that guy purposely has his toms in broken pitch, seperated with two on either side of his snare.
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Post Tue May 15, 2007 2:44 am

For anyone that likes really good innovative fills, you should check out this band, Zombi:

http://www.myspace.com/zombi

http://www.zombi.us/

Incredible drumming, and awesome music. Very 70s horror soundtrack/John Carpenter influenced.

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Post Tue May 15, 2007 5:50 pm

I know it sounds kind of typical, but I treasure Mike Portnoy's fills. They are almost always well thought out and blend with the song very well.
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Post Wed May 16, 2007 2:14 am

Jordan, from Strung Out, plays some fairly simple fills, but they get quite extensive and lengthy, but he's incredibly precise in his time and execution. Check out "Razorblades" and "Everyday Game."

As said before, Jon Theodore of Mars Volta is fantastic!

Mike Novak of Every Time I Die is a favorite of mine. He plays single bass, and he plays very tightly with the music, everything sounds right on to me. Try "Ebolarama" and "Pornogratherapy."

Aaron Lunsford of As Cities Burn is another favorite of mine. He plays very simple, and all of his fills are very tasteful, never out of place. Listen to "Thus From My Lips, By Yours, My Sin Is Purged" and "Admission: Regret."

And Larry Gorman from Glassjaw (also Head Automatica). Pretty much anything from Worship & Tribute features FANTASTIC work on the drums. Tasteful, dynamic, he can really set you into a trance with his precise tribal rhythms or get you rocking along with his terrific rock grooves.

Chris Pennie, of The Dillinger Escape Plan fame, is simply fantastic! Check this out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pxhz3YU0s6I .
There are so, so many others!!!
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Post Sat May 19, 2007 12:47 pm

I used to rush my fills when I was much younger but found that trying to over complicate fills made them sound like crap. I concentrate on making the fills go with the song that you are playing. Sometimes simple fills work better and keep the song tight. You might also notice that when you as the drummer speed up the rest of the band tends to follow. It took me along time but once I started concentrating on technique and not speed my fills blended much better and are much cleaner. Doing this also helps alot in the studio. Clean drumming means less time and money in the studio.
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