drums drum set drummer
 
Drums resource and community for the online drummer
  The time is now 04:59 PM GMT -4.  
Search Drum Set Connect:
 
 
 
Site Features
Drum Forum
Drum Lessons
Drum Reviews
Drum Kit Photos
Shop
Drum T-Shirts
Premium Membership
Get in Touch
Advertise
Link to us
Contact us
Sponsors
Find Drums


Links
 
Go Back   Drum Forum at Drum Set Connect > Drum Forums - All About Drums > Play the Drums - Drum Talk


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 10-22-2008, 09:54 AM
GrooveisKing's Avatar
GrooveisKing GrooveisKing is offline
Level 1 - Single Stroke Roll
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 7
GrooveisKing is on a distinguished road

What's More important FEEL or FILL?


It seems to me like today the focus is increasingly rising on "how fast I can play", or "How many FILLS I can play". In the professional arena this is what gives us drummers a bad name. Overplayers, the non musician in the band, and the list goes on and on. Fills are important, but NEVER at the expense of the groove. Groove is King, and should always be the main focus. What would happen if we were to get as excited about how cool we could make the groove, and the fill was like an "Oh yeah, here's this too"???

Just food for thought.
Reply With Quote

Old Sponsors
Sponsored Links
  #2  
Old 10-22-2008, 12:20 PM
Patknives's Avatar
Patknives Patknives is offline
Level 3 - Single Stroke Seven
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Seattle WA
Posts: 41
Patknives is on a distinguished road

Re: What's More important FEEL or FILL?


AC/DC's "Back In Black" is the second highest selling album worldwide behind Michael Jackson's "Thriller". Need I say more?
Reply With Quote

  #3  
Old 10-22-2008, 12:37 PM
CJDG's Avatar
CJDG CJDG is offline
Level 10 - Nine Stroke Roll
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 272
CJDG is on a distinguished road

Re: What's More important FEEL or FILL?


I give them equal value..

I prefer the chaotic arena of speed drumming, progressive metal, art metal, improv
jazz, big band... One could argue that Buddy Rich was an over player who did lots
of fills...

Sometimes the groove is the absence of groove or the odd time signature contrasting
with everyone else. The way it is presented is what I believe this is key. I find
that there are an abundance of musicians who rely on the drummer to be the only
one to keep time; and they are the same who tend to always complain about overplaying
and too many fills. A prime example of a quality musician who keeps the pulse of the
song in mind and allows the other players the freedom to explore. Any guitarist, bassist,
drummer, keys, singer should be able to dance around the pulse of the song without
impacting the other players.

I’ve been obsessed with Guthrie Govan’s Erotic Cake album lately… the whole album
is loaded with taste…
Reply With Quote

  #4  
Old 10-22-2008, 06:04 PM
badassbilly's Avatar
badassbilly badassbilly is offline
Level 1 - Single Stroke Roll
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: san antonio tx
Posts: 11
badassbilly is on a distinguished road

Re: What's More important FEEL or FILL?


feel absolutly. if you got the feel then the fill will make sense. to many drummers throw the standard lets see how fast i can round the toms fill instead of playing around the groove................
Reply With Quote

  #5  
Old 10-23-2008, 10:06 AM
Dread55's Avatar
Dread55 Dread55 is offline
Level 0 - Pick up the sticks!
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 3
Dread55 is on a distinguished road

Re: What's More important FEEL or FILL?


While fills are important.....if they are musical ,I have always felt that it is the space between what you play that makes the groove......not all drummers can play a good groove...it is something felt and not learned.....less is more....just my opinion though.
Reply With Quote

  #6  
Old 10-23-2008, 04:34 PM
badassbilly's Avatar
badassbilly badassbilly is offline
Level 1 - Single Stroke Roll
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: san antonio tx
Posts: 11
badassbilly is on a distinguished road

Re: What's More important FEEL or FILL?


i will add that i would rather listen to phil rudd of acdc than portnoy. though portnoy is awesome technique wise you don't tap your feet to it. thats why i always liked peart great groove and great fills.....

like was stated in the post before mine anyone can fill but a fill is just that. i've gone to many jams and a guy would get up there and do a short i will call it show off warm up. do some crazy fills and your like man this guy got some technique and then come to find out guy can't groove even in 4/4 lor 2/4 let alone even hear the 4... its the stuff between that really counts.

another perfect example is kenny aronoff.
Reply With Quote

  #7  
Old 10-23-2008, 10:15 PM
Thumpthdrum's Avatar
Thumpthdrum Thumpthdrum is offline
Level 5 - Triple Stroke Roll
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Southern WV
Posts: 95
Thumpthdrum is on a distinguished road

Re: What's More important FEEL or FILL?


Feel is great...Fill is great, together they are awesome. If you have speed but, are off on your timing or apply the speed at inopportune times it will sound like a train wreck. I am more for the groove. I like the KISS method.....Keep It Simple Stupid. an old (underestimated) rocker has long proven that the feel, with an occasional "tasteful" fill works great.......Charlie Watts with the Rollins Stones.
You don't think Charlie has the ability or the knowledge.....check out some of his hobby drumming. When not with the Stones he is a jazz drummer.
Reply With Quote

  #8  
Old 10-23-2008, 10:35 PM
badassbilly's Avatar
badassbilly badassbilly is offline
Level 1 - Single Stroke Roll
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: san antonio tx
Posts: 11
badassbilly is on a distinguished road

Re: What's More important FEEL or FILL?


Quote:
Originally Posted by Thumpthdrum View Post
Feel is great...Fill is great, together they are awesome. If you have speed but, are off on your timing or apply the speed at inopportune times it will sound like a train wreck. I am more for the groove. I like the KISS method.....Keep It Simple Stupid. an old (underestimated) rocker has long proven that the feel, with an occasional "tasteful" fill works great.......Charlie Watts with the Rollins Stones.
You don't think Charlie has the ability or the knowledge.....check out some of his hobby drumming. When not with the Stones he is a jazz drummer.
couldn't agree more with the charlie watts thing. hes is great with the stones and one hell of a jazz cat. listen to his fills. they ecompass the groove and fall right into place. could he go nuts, absolutly, he has the technique and really understands his craft but his fills compliment the song instead of being self serving. that is the sign of a true musician. props to thumpthdrum.. you got good taste.
Reply With Quote

  #9  
Old 10-24-2008, 06:45 PM
rfininen's Avatar
rfininen rfininen is offline
Level 1 - Single Stroke Roll
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 7
rfininen is on a distinguished road

Re: What's More important FEEL or FILL?


Feel and timing is really important in any situation. I've been called on for many gigs because of timing and feel. The drummer and the bass are the backbone. I am a drummer and producer and for me setting a song in the pocket so that people can feel the song is the key.
Reply With Quote

  #10  
Old 11-02-2008, 02:34 AM
Drum Key's Avatar
Drum Key Drum Key is offline
Level 5 - Triple Stroke Roll
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 93
Drum Key is on a distinguished road

Re: What's More important FEEL or FILL?


I'd say feel. You can play a really awesome fill, everyone might go "Oh that's pretty cool", and not really remember it, but if you play a really cool groove, people will go away tapping that groove etc.
Reply With Quote

Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Similar Threads for: What's More important FEEL or FILL?
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
FEEL or FILLS??? GrooveisKing Drummer Introductions 0 10-22-2008 09:01 AM
Fills Help tbca Play the Drums - Drum Talk 3 01-04-2008 04:56 PM
Good feel drum tunes mouse Play the Drums - Drum Talk 0 03-12-2007 04:30 AM
Ever get discouraged or feel like quitting? DrummerMom Play the Drums - Drum Talk 1 08-09-2006 02:15 PM


The time is now 04:59 PM GMT -4.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.2
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

 
      Copyright 2007 Teaguy Design. All Rights Reserved.  
 
About Us