This month, we are going to continue to work on ideas I introduced in the June issue that combine powerful double bass with the cut of crash cymbals. These types of fills are both musically and visually awesome!
Alternate the sticking throughout each fill, leading with your dominant hand. Play right kick drum with right-hand stick and left kick drum with left-hand stick, but don’t just crash on one cymbal. Move it around the kit a little bit. Use the China, splashes, hi-hat, etc. (Different drums may also be played instead of just the snare drum.)
Start out playing each fill as an exercise, at a slow tempo, until you can play it smoothly. Once you’re comfortable, increase your speed. Next, play a simple four-on-the-floor rock beat and execute the fills every couple of measures. This will allow you to start playing the fills in a musical context. Vary the tempos and experiment with different beats.
Matt Byrne bashes for the Grammy-nominated heavy metal/hardcore band Hatebreed. In his spare time he is working on his special ed./elementary ed. teaching degree. http://www.myspace.com/mattbyrnedrummer