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Linear Drum Fills

New for 2014 is the Alfred Music Publishing release, Linear Drum Fills: A Method for Developing Musical Linear-Style Drum Fills. This is the fourth drumset method book by drummer and author, Blake Paulson, who says, "I created Linear Drum Fills to improve one of the most important and FUN aspects of drumset performance… playing great drum fills!"

Linear Drum Fills is a book designed to help you grasp the essential skills and ideas necessary for creating and performing musical, interesting, and exciting drum fills in the linear style. The linear style of drumming is most commonly used in R&B, funk, and gospel music.

The lessons in the book are designed to help drummers perform and create the most exciting and impressive linear drum fills increasingly used in every style of modern music. Content is easy to understand,  practical to master, and accessible to all skill levels, beginner to professional.

Linear Drum Fills will help improve hand & foot speed, limb control, hand to foot dexterity, and mental capacity to read and perform music. It will also increase interest in practicing and performing with improved musical self-confidence and awareness.

If you are looking to expand your musicality, creativity, and understanding of the possibilities available for drumset performance, pick up your copy of Linear Drum Fills at your local music store, drum shop, or online today through the Drummer Cafe.


What Drummers Are Saying

Linear Drum Fills has received an excellent response from drum students of all abilities who have quickly demonstrated improvement in their drumming. Here is what notable drummers have said about the book:

"This book is a lot of fun… and very effective for any drummer wanting to diversify their linear vocabulary!" — Dave DiCenso (Josh Groban, Steve Morse Band, Professor at Berklee College of Music)

"Linear Drum Fills is an excellent teaching method, giving students endless linear vocabulary on the drum kit, while inspiring them to create their own." — Steve Hass (Patti Austin, John Scofield, Ravi Coltrane, LA Session Drummer)

"There have been great linear drum books, but none as methodical and easy to digest as Blake Paulson's Linear Drum Fills. LDF takes the mystery out of Linear Playing, and makes it easy to learn." — Nik Hughes (Youngblood Hawke, Emily Osment, Kevin Miso)

"From time to time drummers can become too comfortable with their repertoire of fills and solos. Blake Paulson's Linear Drum Fills is a great way to expand the way you think both musically and creatively. By using ideas and patterns that represent the type of music you're playing, as well as allowing for space in the fill, LDF really brings the concept of appropriateness and orchestration to the forefront of a drummer's parts. Way to go Blake." — Zak St. John (Stevie Wonder, The B-52's, Christian Martucci)

"Linear Drum Fills is a great way for students and professionals alike to expand their repertoire of fills, and develop new ideas. It's also perfect for those times when you feel like you've plateaued in your playing, and need inspiration, and a fresh approach to new or old concepts. All in all, a great drum book!" — Nick Adams (David Cook, Aly & Aj)

"Linear Drum Fills is a well written comprehensive guide to some of the most engaging rhythmic possibilities in today’s ever changing world of modern drumming. You won’t be bored! Well done Blake!!!" — Jimmy Paxson (Stevie Nicks, Ben Harper, Joe Sample)

"Linear Drum Fills is a great tool to build your creativity and precision, very clear and straight to one of the hottest drum topics of modern drumming!" — Gianluca Palmieri (Greg Howe, Maragold, Musicians Institute Faculty)

"Linear phrases and grooves have become a standard in today's music and can be found in every style ranging from Jazz to Heavy Metal. I was always surprised by the little amount of literature there was about it. Blake has done a beautiful job of putting together a book that is great for people that are trying to get into the endless world of linear drumming with some basic ideas and approaches but at the same time a book that can give the more seasoned player concepts to improve their linear drumming. I'd recommend this book to any musicians wanting to immerse themselves into the world of linear drumming!" — Roberto Cerletti (Ana Barbara, Kamran & Hooman, Bridgit Mendler, Fifth Harmony)

"Linear Drum Fills is a fantastic tool towards the development of your individual fills and style. Through Paulson's exercises, you're sure to not be at a loss for ideas." — Mike Avenaim (Emblem3, Scott Weiland, Session Musician)

"This book forces you to open your mind and really delve deep and dissect your linear playing from the ground up. Great book if you want to develop the way you think about playing over the bar line while diversifying your fills and changing your habits." — Aviv Cohen (Air Supply, Drugstore Fanatics)