Hi, I’m Danny Pearson and welcome to my twentieth 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 paradiddle fill-in I showed you last month (lesson 19) and add RLLK RLLK after it to make up a 1 bar fill.
So, this was last months fill-in: The first right hand note of beat 1 will be played on the hi-tom with the remaining three notes on the snare. On beat 2, the first left hand note is on the hi-tom, the following right hand note on the floor tom & the remaining two notes are played on the snare. Now, on beat 3 we will play the right hand on the hi-tom followed by two left hand notes on the snare & the bass drum after those. Beat 4 will be the same but with the floor tom instead of the hi-tom.
The sticking for this is – (reverse sticking if you’re left handed):
1 e & a 2e &a 3 e & a 4e &a
RLRR LRLL RLLK RLLK
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 and 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.