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Drum Lessons Fills: Fill Development Quick Start Guide - Lessons 1 - 12 (by nielsmyrner)

 

Nine Stroke Roll - Drum Rudiment Lesson (by nielsmyrner)

 

Fill Development Lesson Guide

Fill Development - Lesson Guide:

Refer to the seven basic building blocks for rock and pop beats for detailed breakdowns of beats used in these lessons:
http://www.youtube.com/user/nielsmyrner#grid/user/97EFEC5DD0A29823

LEVEL 1:
Simple 8th and 16th note fills.
Beat used in four measure phrases: A+B

1.Play the fill on the snare drum.
2.Play the fill on the snare drum in a four measure phrase - 3xBeat, 1xFill.
3.Move the fill around the drums.
4.Play the moving fill in a four measure phrase - 3xBeat, 1xFill.
5.Add the crash cymbal after the fill by replacing the first hi-hat hit with a crash cymbal.

Notice that the right hand plays 8th notes consistently through the entire four measure phrase including the fill. This provides a physical reference to a steady pulse. Make sure your right hand stays the same speed throughout the beat and fill progression.

Lesson One: http://youtu.be/D_xhWGByh_E
Lesson Two: http://youtu.be/sjwN8nSR_So
Lesson Three: http://youtu.be/B1354EmL6hs

LEVEL 2:
Mixed 8th and 16th note phrases.
Beat used in four measure phrases: C+B

1.Play the fill on the snare drum.
2.Play the fill on the snare drum, in a four measure phrase - 3xBeat, 1xFill.
3.Move the fill around the drums.
4.Play the moving fill in a four measure phrase - 3xBeat, 1xFill.

Follow the sticking pattern when learning these fills so that the right hand will maintain 8th notes through the entire lesson, as in Level 1.

Lesson Four: http://youtu.be/_Ubq9QgGNgc
Lesson Five: http://youtu.be/KE6RhbJPoK0
Lesson Six: http://youtu.be/Yb3oXpX5LWo

LEVEL 3:
In depth applications of the three rhythms presented in Level 1
Beat used in four measure phrases: D+A

Lesson Seven: http://youtu.be/UZIoA4ppY_E
Lesson Eight: http://youtu.be/0dTzwGdqoIY
Lesson Nine: http://youtu.be/i4zKHxxSGYY

The right hand no longer maintains a consistent 8th note pattern through the fills in Levels 3 and 4. Internalize the pulse, practice with a metronome and maintain awareness of a steady beat through the four measure phrases.

LEVEL 4:
In depth applications of the three rhythms presented in Level 2
Beat used in four measure phrases: A+C

Lesson Ten: http://youtu.be/LW0wSgAtQzg
Lesson Eleven: http://youtu.be/0nGbA7T2nwI
Lesson Twelve: http://youtu.be/mymZ4D9gmjc

LEVEL 5:
Simple 8th and 16th note triplet fills.
Beat used in four measure phrases: A+B

Lesson Thirteen: http://youtu.be/t4jpen3fsEI
Lesson Fourteen: http://youtu.be/09Mw-4RS8MY
Lesson Fifteen: http://youtu.be/tyP71SsAa2Y

LEVEL 6:
Mixed 8th and 16th note triplets phrases.
Beat used in four measure phrases: C+B

Lesson Sixteen: http://youtu.be/r-5vMb6nmk8
Lesson Seventeen: http://youtu.be/nfoF6SkiF-0
Lesson Eighteen: http://youtu.be/7KdPFFRltpE

LEVEL 7:
In depth applications of the three rhythms presented in Level 5.
Beat used in four measure phrases: D+A

Lesson Nineteen: http://youtu.be/8NPJBz_-azU
Lesson Twenty: http://youtu.be/eS_F9YYWwkw
Lesson Twenty One: http://youtu.be/3NfMFUigLfI

LEVEL 8:
In depth applications of the three rhythms presented in Level 6.
Beat used in four measure phrases: A+C

Lesson Twenty Two: http://youtu.be/bcOdiK-8aPQ
Lesson Twenty Three: http://youtu.be/IHoPgdJ-Mhs
Lesson Twenty Four: http://youtu.be/26LvN8zsrPw

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This is the first in a series of five videos demonstrating common applications of the Paradiddle rudiment as a rock/pop beat. Step five is the complete beat. Steps one through four build up to the complete beat using common themes from rock/pop drumming.

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This video demonstrates a few ways drummers can use Garage Band for iPad, iPhone and iTouch as a practice tool.

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How to slow down, loop sections of a song, and shift pitch on an iPad, iPhone or iTouch with mimiCopy.

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