Drum fills are a great way to break up sections of songs. They are an important feature of transitions, and make the process sound smooth.
Most drummers use fills between verses, choruses and bridges. They can also be built upon to create drum solos and extended interludes.
I’ll be explaining the best ways to use drum fills in your drumming, and will be explaining how you will be able to make up your own unique fills that will work with the beats and rhythms that you will be playing.
Understanding time signatures and tempo is just as important if you are playing drum fills as it is if you are playing a beat. Whatever fill you play it will have to adhere to the rules, otherwise it will quite simply sound odd. And if you are playing with other musicians you will almost certainly throw them off.
Time signatures can be very tricky to get the hang of. They are stated at the beginning of any piece of sheet music. They are the two numbers that are at the start of the staff. The top number indicates the number of beats to the bar, whilst the bottom number indicates the value of the note. As long as the fill that is played keeps within these boundaries then you shouldn’t have a problem.
Another aspect of the drum fill that you should be aware of is the tempo. To determine the speed in which the fill should be played you must read the metronome mark at the start of the piece. This is a number that represents how fast it should be played.
When playing the fill you must always play to the same tempo as the song, otherwise you risk going out of time. The most common metronome mark is 120, this is the standard speed of a lot of rock and pop drumming. To figure out how fast the piece should be played you can input the number into an electronic metronome device.
Making up a drum fill can be quite difficult if you don’t have a wide drumming vocabulary. If you want to be able to formulate new ideas and come up with new and original fills then I’d recommend learning all of the rudiments.
Rudiments offer you great ways to practice your speed and technique using the entire drum kit. If you want to be able to play more complex fills then this is essential. There are 40 different rudiments in total, with all of them bringing something new to the table.
When making up a drum fill you could always listen to drum solos for inspiration. Using certain sections of famous solos during the middle of a song can be a great way to add your own unique flair to the technique.
There are hundreds of different drummers out there to listen too. Trying to absorb a wide variety of music is very important. Mixing different styles of drumming together is a great way to come up with something new and original.
Learning how to develop new fills or creating unique patterns will no longer be a mystery to you. Drum Fill System is a step by step instruction program that covers various music genres like rock, jazz, reggae, metal, funk and more… If you are sick and tired of repetitive rudiments, you MUST check this out!