Difficulty LevelIn this free video drum lesson, I want to show you how to play the drum fill that occurs at 3:19 into the song “Dark Necessities” by Red Hot Chili Peppers, featuring the drumming of Chad Smith.

Another classic fill idea from Chad involving one of his favourite things; ghost notes! The drum fill uses both normal volume notes, but most importantly, ghost notes to fill in the spaces. This creates a line of notes and grooves and flows wonderfully. The accented hits are a little syncopated but once you’ve worked out the sticking, it shouldn’t be too difficult. Have fun!

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“Dark Necessities” (RHCP) DRUM FILL – Free Video Drum Lesson

View the video on YouTube HERE – Learn How To Play Drum Fill Dark Necessities Video Drum Lesson (RHCP & Chad Smith)


Dark Necessities” Drum Fill – Transcription

"Dark Necessities" - (RHCP) Drum Fill Video Drum Lesson Notation Chart Transcription Sheet Music Drum Lesson

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