quarter note fillsThe first step in learning anything is to learn the basics. Basic patterns help to give you the foundation necessary to build your skills and become proficient enough to expand upon them.

Quarter note drum fills are some of the most basic drum fills in music. Slow, tasteful, and to the point, they lack the gaudy, overly done façade that many other drum fills yearn for.

Before you try to approach the following fills, we need to go over a list of things you should know, first.

Using A Metronome To Keep Your Rhythm Steady

First off, be sure you know how to use a metronome. Metronomes are critical in helping us learn to keep rhythm, so if you don’t already use one, begin practicing with one before approaching these fills.

Basic as they may be, it is essential that you know how to keep your rhythm steady because if your fills aren’t steady, your main beat will be thrown off which will in turn throw off the entire band. Remember, you are the center of rhythm for your band. It is your duty to develop those skills properly.

Determine Your Power Control

Next you will need to assess your power. This is essential when learning any technique. Fills are no different. Pay attention to stick height; if you bring your sticks too high, you will generate too much power and you may throw off your rhythm as it will take longer to hit the drum. If your sticks are too low, you will have trouble generating power and most of your notes will come out as grace notes.

If you have a steady sense of rhythm and experience with a metronome as well as power control, you’re ready to move on to our sample quarter note drum fills.

Example 1:

This first example is using the tom toms. This is a basic descending to ascending linear (one voice at a time) pattern.

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When playing this fill, be sure, as mentioned above, that your note values are even. If they aren’t, then not only will the listener be thrown off, but your band mates will also have a hard time recovering. Be sure not to perform rimshots, either; strike the toms in the center of the head.

Example 2:

This next example is a fill that will help build up either the next verse or the chorus. The snare drum and bass drum combination make for a powerful feel.

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When playing this fill, be sure to strike each note in harmony. You don’t want to strike the snare and then kick the bass drum in, as it will sound uncoordinated and sloppy. This and, as stated above, it will throw off your band mates.

Build Your Own Drum Fills

With these two sample quarter note drum fills for rock and roll, you should now have an idea of how to construct your own quarter note drum fills. As with all of our exercises, the best advice we, or anyone else, can give you is to practice. Create a practice schedule and adhere to it, and soon enough you will start to see your playing improving by leaps and bounds. Good luck, have fun, and stay dedicated to your drum lessons!



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