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When in doubt, leave it out! Best minimal fills?

BennyK

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The truly legendary Gene Chrisman. If he'd only ever recorded this song, he'd be a legend. But he also played on a couple of little Elvis hits called "Suspicious Minds" "Kentucky Rain" and "In The Ghetto." But his playing on "Son of a Preacher Man" is a masterclass.
That's him playing a relentless pocket on Herbie Mann's Memphis Underground . If I remember correctly, a Rogers COB dynasonic


love the way Keef Hartley sets up the first guitar solo here

 
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Love the third fill at the end of "No Time This Time" by The Police. It's at 2:58. Considering the chaos of the song and the preceding triplet monster fill before it, I just love this simple fill which is pretty hard to do in the heat of the moment.

 

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"When in doubt. Leave it out"

Maybe... Oftentimes yes. But... it all depends... on the music and the intention of the production/presentation.

Also when in doubt - could mean not having found the right thing yet. And finding the "right" thing usually means trying a few "wrong" things. Always playing it safe - always going for the expected, the tried and true, the sure to work.... may be just the thing... or it could amount to being boring, uninspired, rote, predictable.

There is no one algorithm... no one defined blueprint... this is why having some range of expression can be so important, because in every case...
It... all... depends...
 

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I don't know how to link something, but Russ Kunkle does a short single stroke roll and goes right back to the hats on Runnin' On Empty at 1:15. Love it. Also, Rose Mary Butler is SOOOOO hot!!!
 
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John Mayer’s current drummer Aaron Sterling is really good at those hesitated drum fills that catch you off guard. He especially loves to throw them in when John starts soloing. Here’s the slow version of John‘s latest hit last train home where he does some of that.
 

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When I think of simple fills, I always think of Andy Newmark. Just tasteful drums. Always enjoyed his playing.
 


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