My favorite solo drum fills. Feel free to add yours.

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I'm going to dump some of my favorite drum fills here. Some are technical, some are tasty, and some just function perfectly for the song. A couple manipulate musical space really well, which is something I really appreciate.

This one came up in a mention in another post.

Just plain catchy. Again, a good use of space.


 

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Some obvious choices:
Little Wing
American Band
La Grange

Of course there's a ten mile parade of such fills in Rush tunes, and then there's this entire record, which is pretty much a fill master class hosted by professor Portnoy:
 

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Nick’s pounding sets up the massive weight of a highly emotional guitar solo. The pain… THE PAAAIN…


 

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The delightfully jerky kick thing just maximizes anticipation of the downbeat. I have personally ripped this off on multiple occasions.


 

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If my hands were full of cartons of eggs, I'd drop them on the floor to air drum with this.
 

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Almost too long for inclusion in this list, it’s somewhere in between a long fill and a short solo. We’ll call it a fill today, to justify including the link based on how it functions to propel us to a more energetic section. Also worth noting: the drum tones on the remaster are downright abominable. Listen to this and then the remaster. They really messed it up.

 

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I really really like this simple pair of fills: hats, then ker-splat.
 

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I mentioned this tune in another post, but here is my favorite of its many tasty fills.
 

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I rip this simple fill off all the time. I can't decide whether the tom being tuned to the flat 6 of the key makes it better or if it doesn't matter and it's just me overthinking it.
 

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Blood, Sweat and Tears: Spinning Wheel about 1:30 into the song. Bobby Colomby
Brilliant!!

Genesis: The Way We Walk, The Longs: Firth of Fifth section of Old Medley around 11:50 in. Phil Collins and ChesterThompson together.
 

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Gadd fill Chuck E slays me
1:54
I hadn't heard that one before. I blurted out some crass expletives just now upon the inaugural listening, only a minor expletive the second time I listened. Before clicking play, I imagined what it would be like. I figured it would be slinky, sideways, and I wouldn't be able to imagine anything close to what he would play. I was right.
 


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