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The X-Fill

The X-Fill Drum Licks Here’s a simple fill that looks and sounds great at higher tempos… Rhythm: 16th notes (3 over 4 feel) Sticking: Right, Left, Right, Left https://youtu.be/1G1s07lejCA

Dave Weckl 9’s

Dave Weckl 9’s

Dave Weckl 9’s Drum Licks Here’s a cool 9 over 6 idea from ‘Dangerous’ Dave Weckl: Rhythm: 16th Note Triplets Sticking: RLR FFR, LFF RLR, FFR LFF, RLR LRL https://youtu.be/iICqSrek3o8

Steve Smith Lick

Steve Smith Lick

Steve Smith Lick Drum Licks Here’s a cool lick idea from Steve Smith. You can play it as written or continue to play the RLRLL group across the barline to create a 5 over 4 polyrhythm. Rhythm: 16th Notes Sticking: RLRL, LRLR, LLRL, RLRL https://youtu.be/rNL-zV4Qd1g

Elvin Jones Triplets

Elvin Jones Triplets

Elvin Jones Triplets Drum Licks Carter often pulls this lick out of the bag on tracks like Tripping Billies: Rhythm: 32nd Notes (Broken) Sticking: RLRLRL, RLRLR, LRLRL, RLRLRL https://youtu.be/OQ6l94yeSE8

Dave Grohl Lick

Dave Grohl Lick

Dave Grohl Lick Drum Licks Here’s a cool lick Dave Grohl played on Queen’s Of The Stone Age, No One Knows… Rhythm: 8th Note Triplets Sticking: Right, Left, Right, Left https://youtu.be/HYc63SULH-s

Steve Gadd Lick

Steve Gadd Lick

Steve Gadd Lick Drum Licks Here’s a breakdown of one of the great Steve Gadd’s signature licks… Rhythm: 32nd Notes Sticking: FLLRRLLF, RLLRRLLF, FLLRRLLF, RLLRRLLF https://youtu.be/lsSK3ulRdJ0

John Blackwell Lick

John Blackwell Lick

John Blackwell Lick Drum Licks Here’s a nice lick that I picked up off the John Blackwell DvD – Technique, Grooving and Showmanship. He calls it the Marcus Willams Pattern. https://youtu.be/-XIImgHBG2k

Jearome Flood II

Jerome Flood II Lick

Jerome Flood II Lick Drum Licks Here’s a nice 32nd note lick from the Guitar Centre Drumoff’s 08 winner Jerome Flood II. Rhythm: 32nd Notes Sticking: LFRL FRLF, LFRL FRLF, LFRL FRLF, LFRL FRLF If you missed Jerome’s 2008 performance check out the video below. He combines some nice gospel style licks, latin beats and plenty of …

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