Week 4: Lesson Video

Drum Lessons for Beginners Week 4: Learn your first drum fill
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Hi, welcome back to Week Four drum lessons in the music coach program. This week, we're going to get started on playing your very first drum fill. Now drum fills are a great way to break up the pattern of the part that you're playing. There also an excellent way to signal that there's a change coming in the form like that we're moving to a new section of the song or we're going into a solo. Learning where and how to use drum fills is an excellent way to give music shape. And it's one of the things that really makes a real live drummer so much more interesting than a drum machine.

Even though you can program a fill into a drum machine, it never quite has the human feeling of the way that you're going to play it and feel a certain kind of rhythm or first drum fill is going to be two eighth notes on the rack tom and then a crash cymbal with the kick drum at the same time. Now the reason we most often play crashes with the kick is it gives an extra punch. So the kick drum is a very low sound. And the symbol is a very high sound. So it gives you this pushing sound together rather than by itself. So at first, it can be a little bit cumbersome to remember to always get the kick drum the hit at the same time as the symbol.

So like before, remember to lift your foot early, and push in on the beat. So in the practice video, you're going to hear 123 now in the practice video, you're also going to see me stopping the symbol each time. You don't have to do that when you're practicing on your own. I'm just doing that so it's a little easier to hear the next bit of voiceover that's happening, so you can just let it ring until the next part. Then we're going to work on putting the fill in the right place in the bar. So this drum fill takes up One beat.

So it's eighth notes at the end of the bar, and then the crash is the beginning of the next bar. So in order for it to fit, we're going to play three beats of the rock part and play the fill at the end. So it'll be fun like that. And we're going to work on playing it on its own, playing it at the beginning of the park playing at the end of the part, and then eventually playing it in a big giant circle. Lastly, in this week's practice video, you're going to play along with the song for the first time, what I want you to do is play just the regular rock beat all the way through the A section of the song. If you're feeling adventurous and you want to try putting a fill in, you can go for it.

Otherwise, just see if you can keep a solid as you can all the way through the track. Keep up the great work and we'll see you in the practice video.

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