Hi, I’m Danny Pearson and welcome to my next lesson in a series for the Mike Dolbear affiliated drum school. One of the most common questions I get asked is ‘how do I come up with better fill-ins’ or ‘more fill-in ideas’. So in this series I will be showing you the sort of fills that I show my students and that I use myself.
This month I’m going to take the single Paradiddle and substitute the first right hand note for a bass drum.
Ok, so what I’ll do is play a bass drum instead of the right hand for the first note. All the remaining left hand notes will be played on the snare drum & all the right hand notes on the floor tom. This fill-in will take up two beats in 1/16th notes so it will start on beat 3 of the bar. I’ll be playing the groove on beats 1 & 2.
The sticking for this is – (reverse sticking if you’re left handed):
3 e & a 4 e & a
K L R R L R L L
K=Kick or Bass drum
Ok, if you watch the attached video you will see I’ve played the fill-in slowly on its own & then up to speed with a groove.
Have a go at following my examples and then try and come up with some of your own! If you have any questions you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.