Skills & Fills Drum Book: Linear fills for all styles of music

Dennis Tideman
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The drum book Skills & Fills has first been published in Holland and it became a great succes. It's written by Dennis Tideman who runs a drum school (Drumschool DT) for 20 years now. After years of giving drum lessons he came up with this drum book that is all about developing drum fills.

The system that is presented in the book is accessible for a large group of drummers from amateur to pro. A lot of drum teachers in Holland use this book for their students, because  playing fills is a very nice way to develop technique and rudimental capabilities. Also the individual creativity will be teased by using this system! Besides the more than 100 examples of tough linear* drum fills that come with the book, there is the unique Fill Generator, which gives you many possibilities to create your own drum fills!

In addition to the E book, the Skills & Fills Drum app has been developed in which 60 brand new tough drum fills (others than in the book) are demonstrated on video.. With the "Tools" button on your screen you will get access  to the Fill Generator.. It's highly recommended to use the Drum APP besides the book, for an even more inspiring drum experience, but both the Book and Drum App are very useful on its own as well..

* Linear drum fills incorporate stickings that usually don't overlap each other. This is why linear  drum fills and grooves always sound very open and clear!

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About the author

 Dennis Tideman (born in Delft, The Netherlands on the 19th of July 1965) began playing drums as a child and received his first full drum kit from his parents at the age of eleven.

Dennis has owned a drum school  (Drumschool DT in Zoetermeer, The Netherlands) for almost 20 years now and has played in several Dutch funk and rock bands throughout the years.

His passion for the instrument  and years of teaching experience has inspired him to write a method that is accessible for a large group of drummers. "Playing drum fills has always bin a popular item between my students, so I tried to develop a system that combines rudimental exercises with practical applications to the drum kit". "It became a  great succes"!  

In the year 2014 Dennis came up with the idea of developing a drum app with drum video lessons based on the book.  He recorded 60 linear drum fills and created an application that is very comprehensive and entertaining for every drummer from amateur to pro. This app is available in the app and play store! 

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Dennis Tideman
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Nov 28, 2014
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This book was created to help drummers improve their abilities to play great drum fills. The material presented was originally developed over the course of several years, as a result of the needs and requests of many of my students. As drummerspractice playing fills, it becomes apparent that there are a variety of issues that need to be addressed. To play fluent and creative fills, a drummer needs a strong foundation of basic fill concepts, the technique to execute the fill, and musical ideas for the content of the fill. Without these key elements, playing fills can be asource of difficulty and frustration. To further illustrate this idea… In some cases a drummer may practice a particular lick or sticking pattern to a high degree of physical execution, but does not have a clear understanding of how to apply it well within a musical phrase. The opposite is also sometimes true, a drummer mayunderstand a simple rhythmic idea and play it very well as a fill, but doesn't quite know how to employ more interesting techniques or sounds into the phrase and get something else out of it. The goal of this book is to help drummers achieve a balance in these necessary skills. This book presents a diverse collection of studies and exercises that clarifythe basics of drum fills, develop more advanced and specific techniques to use in fills, and present many ideas for musical phrases using the techniques. Thestudies are presented in an order that follows a natural progression of ability,however… the exercises do not need to be played in the order they are presented.Students and teachers can select exercises to design a curriculum that fits a student's needs as their skills develop. With each set of exercises, you will find descriptions, tips and practice instructions. Sometimes they are written for each individual study, and when appropriate they are written for the entire chapter. Be sure to read the text that accompanies each part of this book to get the most out of the exercise.
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