Lesson Nine – Single Stroke Fill Orchestration Ideas

Lesson Notes

In this lesson, we'll look at a few single stroke orchestration ideas.

Playing each fill idea after one bar of "groove" will give us a two bar phrase to practice.

In exercise one, our three way coordination fill idea will be played only using the snare drum. We'll need to be sure to keep the snare drum beats as even as possible.

In exercise two, we'll play our 16th note fill around the toms in groups of four.

In exercise three, we'll substitute the last note with bass drum.

In exercise four, we'll break up the 16th notes even further and add a few accents.

In every exercise, we'll play eighth notes on the hi-hat. The snare will fall on "2" and "4". The bass is played on "1", "3", and the third"+".

Exercise One

For the first exercise, we'll play the fill with straight 16th notes on the snare drum. No accents are played in this exercise.

Here's a look at the beat...
Beginner drum lesson - 16th notes on snare fill
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Exercise Two

In exercise two, we'll play the same 16th notes, but we'll play them on the toms instead of the snare drum.

Here's a look at this beat...
Beginner drum lesson - fill ideas on the toms with 16th notes
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Exercise Three

In exercise three, we'll play the last note on the bass drum. The timing of this one can be a little tricky, so play slowly at first.

Here's a look at this beat...
Beginner drum lesson 9 - Fill idea - bass drum with 16th notes
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Exercise Four

OK, exercise four really steps it up here. The fill is played with the first note on the tom, followed by the next five on the snare. Accents are played on the last three, before playing three more accented notes on the tom. Then, it's back to the snare for the next four, with the last two accented. The last three are played on the tom, floor tom, and then the bass drum. Super tricky!

Here's a look at the beat...
Beginner drum lesson - fill ideas 16th notes with bass drum
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