Fill-ins in Drum-Grooves for Phrasing
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On the other hand, Fill-ins occur during the Time-Keeping by adding extra notes between the regular Time-Keeping notes and the underlying Groove. This is often done on the Snare Drum quietly (with ghost-notes) or on the Time-Keeping cymbal or on a different cymbal like the Hi-Hat when the Time-Keeping is on the Ride cymbal.
Fill-ins shouldn’t be so loud that they change the Groove because 60-70% of what drummers should be doing is “Support” of the Groove. Instead, Fill-ins are added to thicken up the texture of the Groove and thus are a form of “Embellishment,” which is about 20-30% of what drummers should be doing. Where you do this creates internal Phrases that help the Groove flow like waves of energy in the music. I call these patterns “Rhythmic-Energy Contours” (see Drums – Grooves) just like there are melodic contours regarding the flow of pitch in music.
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