Here are a
few ideas that I hope may help you.
In rock, you'll often see simple fills like:
These can be spiced up, using simple rudiments. In general, useful rudiments
that I've used as far as playing in rock bands, would include flams paradiddles
(forward, backward, reverse, invert, etc., & the other diddles) of course.
Your basic single & double strokes, including in the various 'rolls; 5
stroke, 7 stroke, 9 stroke, etc. Those make cool little fills on their
own, or use them at the start & end of regular single stroke rolls. The
swiss triplet can make
a dramatic fill when you do it going down the foams (i.e. do it once or
twice on snare, then high tom, low tom... etc.)
Another great idea, is to take a rudiment like paradiddle, but have
your left hand hit one drum & your right hand hit another drum. Or use
the bass drum instead of a hand. You can create some cool beats doing
And also, mix it up. For example, do a regular paradiddle, then an invert
or reverse paradiddle.
or throw in other stuff with paradiddles:
And don't forget double & triple paradiddles:
you can get a clave type feel going - ESPECIALLY
IF THE RIGHT HAND IS ON A HIGH TOM & LEFT HAND ON LOW:
Try that on a-go-go bells, or R on cowbell,
L on tomOR WHATEVER
Theoretically, there are a million different patterns of alternating
singles & doubles.
Of course, basic single stroke rolls will be a staple in rock, but
spice it up sometimes with ideas like above. AlsoLEAVE
SPACES sometimes it what you DON'T
play that makes it special.
Try something like:
*= 16th rest
(just drop a hit) do that switching to another drum after each rest,
(RLRLR on snare, RLR
on high tom, then RLR on low tom) or whatever.
(bases on sets of 3 16ths-
hit hit rest, hit hit rest...)
Remember ALWAYS HAVE
AND USE YOUR IMAGINATION ! !