Hal Blaine: Drum Fills Come From Within

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  1. Scott K Fish

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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.

    Scott K Fish Blog: Life Beyond the Cymbals
     
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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
     
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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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    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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