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Quit playing 'fills'.
Quit even thinking about playing fills.
IME, the more one thinks about a formal 'fill' the less likely it is to serve the song and the more intrusive/obvious it is, generally speaking.
Think more about making sure the feel of your time is stellar; groove so thick you can drive nails through it, so tasty you won't want to eat for weeks...
When you've got that on lock, add in the most simple 1-2 note accents at section ends you can think of rather than longer fills. These 'mini-fills' should be more than enough to spice up your playing for a long time, until you can master some other aspects of playing.
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11-08-2011 03:23 PM
My advice for fills initially is keep them simple to start and learn to play them in time. Then you can get more adventurous as time goes on. Again, you have to develop your time feel because everything you do drum-wise relates to that...beats, fills etc. Your primary job as a drummer is to keep time. Develop it. The fancy playing can come later...but even then, you need to have good time. Good luck!
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11-08-2011 03:31 PM
In simplest terms, the point is to be able to get back to '1' on time/tempo when coming out of a fill; unless/until you instinctively know when and where '1' occurs in any situation, you're likely to have challenges with your fills fitting in well/correctly.
11-08-2011 05:07 PM
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