200 Greatest! Beats & Fills
Listen while you read and learn. Here's 28 tunes covering 48 years of great beats and fills from 1956-2003.
Chris Layton on “Pride And Joy” by Stevie Ray Vaughan - 1983
This great song showcases Chris Layton’s incredible Texas shuffle groove that’s characterized by the left-hand part implying the shuffle while the right hand and bass drum play much more simply.
Nicko McBrain on “Where Eagles Dare” by Iron Maiden - 1983
Nicko McBrain’s ripping fill from this classic song, the first track off Piece Of Mind, his debut with the band, established him as a force to be reckoned with and is certainly an attention grabber. We’ve included the sticking for you aspiring metal heads!
Alex Van Halen on “Hot For Teacher” by Van Halen - 1984
This unforgettable double bass fill starts with Van Halen’s feet playing hertas (RLR L) and then moves up his Rototoms before returning to his double bass shuffle groove.
Dave Lombardo on “Angel Of Death” by Slayer - 1986
As the drummer who influenced thousands to start blasting, Dave Lombardo’s influence cannot be overstated. His herta fills (RLR L) into the midsection of this song show he can play slamming, memorable fills too.
Lars Ulrich on “One” by Metallica - 1989
Important drumbeats are often infectious. Once caught, the only cure is to master them. When this song became popular a generation of drummers went to their basements to get their double bass sextuplets together.
Danny Carey on “Eulogy” by Tool - 1996
This three-over-four polyrhythmic groove helped establish Danny Carey as a leading drummer in progressive metal. Carey superimposes a three-note shuffle hi-hat pattern on top of a common funk groove to create a constantly changing pattern.
Todd Sucherman on “One With Everything” by Styx - 2003
This prog-rock opus has two complex fills that reveal Todd Sucherman’s superb technical brilliance and musicality, as well as why he has become so respected by his peers. He holds nothing back.