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Weekly Lessons

16th Note Fill Orchestrations

Sunday, March 10, 2019 by Chris McCaig | Lessons

16th Note Fill Orchestrations

This weeks lesson comes from pages 64 and 65 of Basic Drum Kit Studies, using exercises 3 and 4.

We are working on half bar and one bar fills using 16th notes.

Once you have the basic fill under control, try the following orchestrations.

An orchestration is a musical term for using different instruments, or in this case different parts of the kit.

Basic - Play the fills as written along with the groove scribe links. Start slowly and gradually increase the tempo (30-120 bpm).

Intermediate - Play the fills as part of a 4 or 8 bar phrase. Experiment with different groove variations and play along to drumless tracks from Groove Essentials, Survival Guide (go to online resources) or a song of your choosing.

Advanced - Create your own orchestrations by entering them into groove scribe. Play along to drumless tracks from Groove Essentials or Survival Guide (go to online resources) and improvise the orchestrations while keeping to the original half bar or one bar format.