Fills & Chops

Crossover Fill with Michael Held

Here’s a quickie from Michael Held’s Daily Drum Lesson YouTube channel. Probably not something you want to play more than once during a gig, if at all, but it’s pretty fun nonetheless! Notation is in the video, and available on the YouTube page.

Read More

4 Note Kill Shot with Stephen Taylor

I’ve only recently discovered Steven Taylor, and I really dig his positive attitude and no-nonsense style of teaching. He’s quickly becoming a role model for me, for both my own playing and teaching. The takeaway from this video is how we can take a very simple combination and, with a little creativity, turn it into…

Read More

Stanton Moore RRLRRLRL Concept

Stanton Moore… so loose, so funky, plays drums with his whole body. I can’t help but think of him as a groovy Rick Moranis though! Sorry Stanton. Anyway, I’m posting this particular video (again, these are primarily for me), because I’ve never used this sticking. Ever. I’m more comfortable playing RLLRLLRL. But tapping this on…

Read More

Smooth triplet lick from Mike Johnston

Mike Johnston is one of my favorite instructors and is a major source of inspiration for me as a drummer and a teacher. If you don’t have a local drum teacher, I can definitely recommend Mike’s online lessons, which are great for drummers of all levels.

Read More

Flam Fills with Michael Held

Michael Held’s Daily Drum Lesson YouTube channel has a nice collection of short, practical lessons. This one demonstrates flammed groupings of 3’s and 5’s to build interesting 1-bar fills. As with most fills and stickings you can orchestrate these patterns to come up with your own unique sounds.

Read More

Dennis Chambers Inspired Lick

Here’s a nice fill based on an inverted paradiddle from Rob Brown. See kids, this is why you should learn to love your rudiments. A simple sticking can become a creative, dynamic, crowd-pleasing fill. Subscribe to Rob’s YouTube channel. He posts some good stuff.

Read More

Sextuplets with Juan Carlito Mendoza

Juan Carlito is a monster drummer and great educator. Here he takes a paradiddle-diddle and orchestrates it in an interesting way. It’s not likely you’d ever play this in a song, but it’s a great exercise in independence and requires clean doubles on your toms and kick. Fun stuff. Take some time and check it…

Read More