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Old 02-17-2011, 09:15 PM
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Default Peter Erskine - Essential Drum Fills

I have done a number of searches and couldn't find a lot of info on this book so apologies if it's been discussed a thousand times before... but has anyone got this book? Been playing 10+ years and never really cared for fills, and it's always been a weak point in my playing so I'm looking for some serious practice material. If anyone knows where a preview exists online that would be a great help. As well as other suggestions for books on fills.

How much content is in it?
What styles does it cover?
What is the highest difficulty covered? I want a challenge....
Are there a good amount of straight 4/4 (as in, non-triplet) fills?
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Old 02-17-2011, 10:12 PM
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Default Re: Peter Erskine - Essential Drum Fills

I have the book. Although it's good, virtually all the fills get recycled with different 'target points' (I think that is the expression that he uses). Basically, the same fill, but it ends with the crash on a different quarter note...so, you don't get quite as many fills as advertised.

A lot of jazz, as you'd expect, but some pop stuff. Not too much that I hadn't encountered before (in a cheap, fills book I bought over 20 years ago by some unknown guy), but some nice fills nonetheless. If you can pick up a cheap copy, go for it.

I still think that the best way to learn is to transcribe. Hear something you like? Work it out.
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Old 02-17-2011, 10:24 PM
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Default Re: Peter Erskine - Essential Drum Fills

It covers jazz and funk/funk-like styles, and has some playalong tracks. All of Erskine's books are great, so you should get it regardless. It deals not only with the fills themselves, but what you fill into- ensemble hits at different places in the measure. The content may be very challenging or not very challenging depending on your level- the biggest challenge may be learning everything the book has to teach about musicality. You can probably get it from Steve Weiss Music.
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Old 02-18-2011, 11:01 AM
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Default Re: Peter Erskine - Essential Drum Fills

Ok cheers guys, this doesn't sound like the book for me then. What I want is a book with lots of fills, half bar, one bar, FOUR bar, triplets + straight 8ths mixed up, flams, cymbal chokes, everything else you can think of :) Is there a book with a title like "1001 drum fills" ?

I know transcribing is a good idea and sometimes do it, but I also really like working out of books. Helps me practice.
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Old 02-18-2011, 11:07 AM
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Default Re: Peter Erskine - Essential Drum Fills

google book search will often give online previews:

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Old 02-18-2011, 11:13 AM
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Some more results (judge for yourself):

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