Lesson – Danny Pearson – Paradiddle Fill In Taken Further

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


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 danny@dannypearsondrums.co.uk.

Have fun!



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