Fluid Fills and Musical Phrasing

Dave DiCenso

A means for drummers to expand their fill vocabulary while improving timing, flow, musicality, and listening skills.

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Fluid Fills and Musical Phrasing, by Dave DiCenso,  provides a means for drummers to expand their fill vocabulary while improving timing, flow, musicality, and listening skills. In the process, the exercises demonstrate how to interpret and play the most famous rhythms in Western music. The student is required to practice multiple ways of interpreting these rhythms, utilizing a vast array of rudiments and their variations. The book contains hundreds of variations based upon a logical system of concepts and their expansion and includes applications to various styles of music.

DiCenso has fortified this 156-page study with unique methods to help drummers not only grow and diversify their vocabulary, but to hear outside of it, in order to fill and phrase with greater precision, flow, and musical impact. Having used the concepts in his teaching, DiCenso has seen how well they work for students of any level.

Dave DiCenso has performed or recorded with Josh Groban, John Petrucci (Dream Theater), Hiromi, Duran Duran, Steve Morse (Deep Purple/Dixie Dregs), Gary Cherone (Van Halen/Extreme), Judith Hill, Carole King, Johnny A, Cro- Mags, Shelter, Two Ton Shoe, and many others. He is a Professor of Percussion at Berklee College of Music, and the author of the method books Rhythm and Drumming Demystified and Universal Rhythms for Drum Set.


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