Fundamental Fills 1

Donny Gruendler presents a series of solid, useful, and musical fills that can be used to connect sections of songs in various styles.

This is Donny Gruendler’s Fundamental Fills Pack 1. Many drummers mistakenly think of a fill as a miniature drum solo. As Donny points out, a fill is actually a small connection between two sections of music. The idea behind this pack is to give you a catalog of solid, musical, and useful fills that will work in various styles. These fill concepts will allow you to create parts that work in a musical context and/or in a recording studio, whether playing with or without loops.

The final two lessons in this pack take some of the fill concepts and convert them into tom-based grooves that work especially well while playing along with a loop or drum machine on a track.

This pack is followed by Donny’s Fundamental Fills Pack 2. Once you are comfortable with the ideas in pack 1, we recommend you go on and check out pack 2.

Here are the lessons that appear in this pack:

  1. Fill: Singles 1
  2. Fill: Singles 2
  3. Fill: Singles 3
  4. Fill: Singles 4
  5. Backbeat-Based Fill 1
  6. Backbeat-Based Fill 2
  7. Backbeat-Based Fill 3
  8. Backbeat-Based Fill 4
  9. Tom-Based Groove 1
  10. Tom-Based Groove 2




  • Donny Gruendler


  • Drums


  • Funk
  • Gospel
  • Rock

Skill Level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
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