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Inverted Paradiddle-Diddles

Variations for Grooves, Fills, and Solos Rudiments are generally some of the first things we all learn when we start our drumming journey. I found them tedious and boring at first, and honestly sometimes I still do. It wasn’t until…

by Kristen Gleeson-Prata
Aug 26, 2019

Moving Around the Kit

Utilizing Clockwise and Counterclockwise Motions in Fills In this workshop, we’ll explore moving fills around the kit easily in two directions: clockwise and counterclockwise. Most right-handed drummers orchestrate fills in a clockwise direction. For example, they may start a fill…

by Jost Nickel
Apr 30, 2019

Elvin Jones-Style Triplet Fills

Jazz Drummer’s Workshop Elvin Jones-Style Triplet Fills Part 3: More Two-Bar Patterns by John Xepoleas Welcome to the third and final lesson in our series on creating Elvin Jones–style triplet fills. This time we’re creating high-energy two-bar fills. Let’s begin…

Modern Drummer
Feb 23, 2017

Progressive Drumming Essentials - Part 5: Incorporating Odd Groups Into Grooves and Fills

One of my favorite things to do with quintuplets and septuplets is to create syncopated, angular-sounding grooves. Exploring this unusual territory can lend itself to establishing unique feels with a lot of rhythmic tension. TO READ THE FULL STORY: LOG…

Aaron Edgar
Feb 23, 2017

Falling Rocks - A Primer on One of Drumming's Most Powerful Fills

The term “falling rocks” refers to a very powerful fill concept made famous by legendary rockers like Carmine and Vinny Appice, John Bonham, Cozy Powell, and Tommy Aldridge, and it’s often used by contemporary metal, prog, and fusion drummers. TO…

Rich Redmond
Feb 23, 2017

Triplet Fill Concepts - Part 1: Three Over Four

Welcome to the first of three lessons in our “Triplet Fill Concepts” series. In this part, I’m going to show you how to play some simple three-over-four ideas using accents over triplets. TO READ THE FULL STORY: LOG IN Digital…

John Xepoleas
Feb 23, 2017

Threes and Fives - Fills With Odd Groupings

I’ve always found it fun and interesting to explore the possibilities available when using common subdivisions such as 8ths, 16ths, or 8th-note triplets. For example, we can play a double-stroke roll or paradiddle sticking within 8th-note triplets to create a…

Jayson Brinkworth
Feb 23, 2017