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Exercises For Great Hands And Fills

Pat Petrillo  /  UPDATED Aug 12, 2023

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The last time Pat came out to our studio, he taught a lesson on grooving responsibly and filling creatively (watch here). This time around he discussed “Exercises For Great Hands And Fills”!

Pat Petrillo is a regular Drumeo satellite instructor who joined our roster this past January and quickly became a student favourite. He is known for his deep sense of groove, uncanny technical ability, and versatility to cover any musical situation – as evidenced by his performances with Patti LaBelle, Gloria Gaynor, Constantine Maroulis, and Debbie Gibson.

One more thing! Be sure to watch the lesson for a VERY special announcement. We recently teamed up with Pat himself to create a new tool that’s going to change the way you practice. The video has all of the details!

Lesson Index:
00:13 – Song “Rent Party” by Grooveallegiance
05:49 – Introduction
10:12 – Two Bar Groove Excerpt: “Rent Party”
12:23 – 5-5-3
15:03 – Sixteenth Note Accents
19:02 – Diddle Accent Shift
22:50 – Ultimate Diddle Combo
26:38 – Drags & Tap Rolls
34:24 – Single Sextuplets
35:12 – Sweet 6s
41:05 – Flamajama
48:50 – Drum Solo
51:09 – Q & A
59:48 – Song “Take Me To The Water” by Grooveallegiance

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Jared Falk is a lifelong drummer, drum teacher, and the co-founder of Drumeo. For over 18 years, Jared has been a leader in the online music education industry, publishing his first online video lessons in 2003 and founding Musora in 2005.

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