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Old 06-07-2010, 03:06 PM
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Re: What's More important FEEL or FILL?


Definity! Difference is the key.
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Re: What's More important FEEL or FILL?


hmmm... Well then, Chuckie, I'm afraid I'm confused unless you mean that you like the music, but you don't like playing it or drumming it.
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Old 06-07-2010, 03:11 PM
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Re: What's More important FEEL or FILL?


Well there are only a handful of "metal" bands I will listen to them. Gorjira being my favorite(out of the metal). I just got sick of playing it, and not being able to differentiate which band is which because they all sound the same...
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Re: What's More important FEEL or FILL?


give a listen to the Lenny Kravitz album Lets start a Love Revolution ...very few fills and lots of groove...I play to this all the time for warm ups, this album is great to play to as if you find it to simple you can always add more beats.

I have also been playing to Led Zeppelins' Physical Graffiti, In my time of Dying and 10 Years Gone are my two favorites to play.
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Re: What's More important FEEL or FILL?


That is an AWESOME album dude(:
Love some Lenny Kravitz.
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Old 06-07-2010, 05:31 PM
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MMM Kravitz is pretty Groovy. lol. and I love zeppelin
I own ALL of their recordings. Even the bottleg vinyls.
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Re: What's More important FEEL or FILL?


It depends....

I went to one audition and they asked for a drum solo before the band came in to play. I go to another audition where they specifically asked for a country swing groove utilizing cross stick and brush!

And then of course, there are those auditions where they give you a piece of music and 3 seconds later they count the tune off....

I think in every one of those instances, my feel is what made it sound good (not to say that I got everything I auditioned for). Just playing speeding notes and moving my wrists at mind-bending rates does not make for good drumming. Your timing in your execution is what'll push it over the top.

Looking at somebody like Thomas Lang, he displays all his incredible skill, but there's a groove to it, and it's like he's saying sentences, making up paragraphs. On the other hand, I have a neighbor kid whose display of chops sounds like friggin' World War III. Go figure.

I would personally say FEEL is where it's at, but really, it depends on what the guy with the checkbook wants, too. Would I forsake a high paying gig because I didn't want to fill or take a solo - absolutely not. But in my world, these instances are rare indeed, but I've seen it happen. And then you see somebody like Alan Jackson Jr., or Bernard Purdie, or Charlie Watts, and you're convinced that you don't need to do anything BUT groove!

Just be prepared to do whatever it takes to get the gig, and in the words of Jeff Porcaro, "don't EVER mess up the time".
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Re: What's More important FEEL or FILL?


Hey Bo,

Couldn't agree with you more on this one! That is the best disertation yet on the merits of both feel & fill. Never heard anyone pose the payment scenario, but you are absolutely right,..it's the person with the checkbook that usually counts the most. Luckily (or not) for me, most of our performances are charitable events so there are no monetary issues to deal with. The groove, mixed with tastefull amounts of fill is what works best for me.
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Thanks deanc -

I'm sure most of my playing from here on out will be of the charitable nature, but back in the days when I wasn't saying no to anybody, that's what I learned then.

I think in the last few waning years, I've said "no" more often than not!
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