Drum Fills...

erincubus114

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In your opinion, what drummer from what band has the best drum fills? Does anyone have any tips for some good fills? I tend to rush my fills a lot.. it's just a bad habit i have.
 

dahlgrendrummer

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It depends on the music, but here's my list:

College rock: Carter Beauford from DMB
Rock: Chad Smith from RHCP
Prog Rock: Neil Peart from Rush
Prog Metal: Danny Carey From Tool
New Wave of American Metal: Chris Adler
Death Metal: It's a toss up between Kevin Talley, Flo Mournier, and Derek Roddy
Punk: Bill Stevenson on any Black Flag or Decendents record
Jazz: Buddy Rich and Joe Morello(it's a toss up)
 

Homki890

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Tips on filling:

--Don't play more than you need too. These guys you see all the time are blazing away with massive fills and complex rhythms. Truly, it is not needed, and they all started somewhere. Play musical. Play "tasty."

--You can't go wrong with the snare drum. If you have a fill coming up, and you are not sure what to play, that snare is right in front of you. Use it.

--Use the hi-hat to help you. Your left foot can constantly keep a steady 1-2-3-4, or maybe just a 2-4 pattern. It helps not to get off.

--ABOVE ALL ELSE, Keep a steady beat. There is nothing more hated in the world of drumming than a fill that gets off-beat. Drummers have been the time-center for bands. It is us who keeps everyone on the same page. If we are off, then the whole thing is going down in flames. Keep your beats and fills on time. Practice Timing exercises.

Homki890
 

masonvonritchie

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Homki890":3kgahukc said:
Tips on filling:

--Don't play more than you need too. These guys you see all the time are blazing away with massive fills and complex rhythms. Truly, it is not needed, and they all started somewhere. Play musical. Play "tasty."

--You can't go wrong with the snare drum. If you have a fill coming up, and you are not sure what to play, that snare is right in front of you. Use it.

--Use the hi-hat to help you. Your left foot can constantly keep a steady 1-2-3-4, or maybe just a 2-4 pattern. It helps not to get off.

--ABOVE ALL ELSE, Keep a steady beat. There is nothing more hated in the world of drumming than a fill that gets off-beat. Drummers have been the time-center for bands. It is us who keeps everyone on the same page. If we are off, then the whole thing is going down in flames. Keep your beats and fills on time. Practice Timing exercises.

Homki890
Amen to that, brother.
 

Shalaq

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Also make sure that the fill pattern blends well with what the rest of the guys are doing. If they're playing constant 8th notes, don't play triplets etc, it will distort the feel. And there's nothing worse than a fill distorting the feel of the song. It has to blend well to drive the band further.
 

Strychnine Groove

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The first one that comes to mind is Jason Rullo who played on the first Symphony-X album. This album is full of awesome fills, and lots of dynamics. Very fluid and graceful.

I gotta agree with dahlgrendrummer on Flo, and Chris Adler.

Also Richard Christy(Death, Iced Earth, etc.)
 

Dale

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Well, the short answer is technical ability developed through the practice of rudiments.

THE most important thing about fills to remember is this: if you play a fill and come out of it out of time, playing the fill was a waste of time!

I cannot stress this enough. There is nothing more hated by other musicians than two things, out of time fills and a beat that falls all over the place and is not steady.

As for what fill to play? Listen to the music. The music will tell you what to play.
 

Scott_Hurford

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some brillient work i've heard is from Jon Theodore, ex-mars volta drummer, give them a listen, some truly awsome drumming
 

shanemunzert

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dahlgrendrummer":ajmpfncg said:
It depends on the music, but here's my list:

College rock: Carter Beauford from DMB
Rock: Chad Smith from RHCP
Prog Rock: Neil Peart from Rush
Prog Metal: Danny Carey From Tool
New Wave of American Metal: Chris Adler
Death Metal: It's a toss up between Kevin Talley, Flo Mournier, and Derek Roddy
Punk: Bill Stevenson on any Black Flag or Decendents record
Jazz: Buddy Rich and Joe Morello(it's a toss up)
blasphmy. buddy rich kills joe morello. but everyone is entitled to there opinion.
 

iatemygoat

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the drummer for animosity has some of the coolest fills ive ever scene/heard. He's got some amazing stuff coming up on their new record
 

Scott_Hurford

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Also,
John Bonham (Led Zeppelin)
Moby Dick
Good Times bad times
Wholoe lotta love

Keith Moon (The Who)
I can see for miles
Who are you
Wont get fooled again

Dave Grohl (His drumming with Qotsa)
No one knows
Songs for the dead
First it Givith'

Jon Theodore (Ex member of The Mars Volta)
Drunkship of lanturns
Eriatarka
This Apperatus must be unearthed

Chad Smith (RHCP)
Around the world
Jonny kick a hole in the sky
Nobody wierd like me

Some awsome fills are made from these guys. Check them out
 

drumsforlife

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Sometimes I rush fills a bit. It's because I get excited about how it will sound and I forget to play "with" my band. When that happens, if it's not too bad of a rush, they'll follow me and then flash me a look and I'll back it back down and major disaster is averted. But if it's too much, which doesn't happen that frequently anymore, what I do is slow down the song, and work the fills until they're so slow they bearely make sense. That way, I hear what is played where, and I hear how it fits musically with what the guitars are doing. Then I gradually speed it up until normal tempo. That helps a great bit. There's nothing I play that I don't hear in my head first, so it's just a matter of working out what I'm hearing in my head. As for great drummers doing great fills, try Dave Weckl, John Blackwell, if you can find Prince playing drums, check that out(did you know Prince was a drummer?) Carter Beauford, Dennis Chambers, Chad Wackerman, and just for the hell of it, Terry Bozzio and Mike Portnoy.
 

Spydr2000

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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.
 

break the prism

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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.
 

m

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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.
 

Kaos

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I play some rushed fills on purpose for dramatic effect plus if you do it purpose it's in time and sounds kinda cool
 

break the prism

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m":s0i20uae said:
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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