What makes a drum fill ‘advanced’? Many drummers consider limb independence and playing with time as some of the tougher skills to develop.
If you learn a concept as a groove or solo, you can still pull sections to use for fills and transitions.
Here are a few tricky fills for the drummers who are looking for something a bit more challenging.
This Marco Minnemann lick is great for challenging your four-way independence, as well as your speed and fluidity.
Adam Tuminaro incorporates hertas to give fills more drive:
Turn this Anika Niles quintuplet groove into an interesting backbeat fill. Quintuplets are less common in popular music, which can make it difficult to find songs to reference:
Here’s an example of a Thomas Lang pattern with left hand accents. It may look like an intermediate lick:
…until you add in the left foot ostinato to test your independence:
What did you think of these patterns as drum fills? Too easy? Too difficult?
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