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SKF Blog: Hal Blaine: Drum Fills Come From Within 

 

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SKF NOTE: Hal Blaine's thoughts on drum fills. From a Hal Blaine letter written about 35-years ago. Good advice that still holds true.

 

Fills...come from within. Somehow the [brain] puts it all together. It takes the song you're working on, listens to the lyricis, computes a feel, and calls upon all the years of experience...and comes up with a fill.

 

I invented today's drumset in order to have a broader range of fills: more musical, more dazzling, more show offy. It worked!

 

When we run down a new song, [product commercial, or tv/movie music], I try to rehearse it rather cooly. I watch the film and see what it does to me. Then when the [recording] machine gets turned on -- so do I.

 

As far as repeating fills? Sure. Why not, if they fit and feel natural?

 

Remember: when there's an opening in a song and they ask you to fill [that opening], you are contributing something that will live forever on tape or film. Make [your fill] something you would want to hear time after time.

 

The fill, to a drummer, is his spot. Fill it comfortably.

 

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Edited by Scott K Fish, 06 July 2017 - 08:05 AM.

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cool post


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Yes - thanks for posting!


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Always cool stuff, Scott.  Thanks again!


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great stuff from hal! thanks scott, bill
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You're all welcome. // skf
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So true.

Overthink it, muss it up has been my experience.
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I remember when I first heard this, thinking "who IS that guy?" Such feel and the subtle bass drum work. That 3 over 2 at the end sent me sailing! Ace


Edited by rhythmace, 07 July 2017 - 03:07 PM.

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Yeah - that works if you're Hal Blaine.  Like just carving away all the stone that isn't the Venus de Milo.  


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I remember when I first heard this, thinking "who IS that guy?" Such feel and the subtle bass drum work. That 3 over 2 at the end sent me sailing! Ace
https://www.youtube....h?v=NC38-qqiVgg


That was the first song I ever played on a drum set. 6th grade. The album cover was pretty inspiring as well.
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