Intermediate 16th Note Linear Drum Fills

Easy Drumming That Sounds Hard

In this free drum lesson, Jared Falk teaches three 16th note linear drum fills geared towards the intermediate drummer. These drum fills introduce two new themes. The first one is the use of cymbals instead of tom/snare shots. This is a great way of incorporating new textures into your tom/snare based linear drum fills. The second theme comes in the form of spreading single stroke rolls between one hand and the bass drum foot, which is great for further developing your 4-way coordination.

If you’re fairly new to the world of 16th note linear drum fills, we encourage you to check the free drum lesson “Beginner 16th Note Linear Drum Fills” before going through this one. These free drum lessons on 16th note linear drum fills build off of each other, so even if you’re not a beginner drummer, chances are you’ll still learn something new, or at least learn new patterns that you can get some inspiration from.

Exercise #1 introduces you to the two main themes of this free drum lesson. Count 3 features the main challenge found on this exercise. Focus on playing consistent sounding and evenly spaced strokes between the hi-hat hand and the bass drum foot. Taking your time with count 3 of exercise #1 will actually have you developing the techniques required for playing exercise #2 accurately. You can even practice count 3 separately from the remainder of drum fill #1. Do it over and over again while changing the hand with which you play the hi-hat.

Once you’re done with this free drum lesson, you can take the linear concept and apply it to some intermediate linear drum beats. If you need some ideas to get you started in the right direction, we encourage you to check the free drum lesson “Intermediate Linear Drum Beats“. If you’re interested in learning how to play more linear drum fills, check the free drum lesson “Intermediate Broken 16th Note Drum Fills“.




  • Levi says:

    To learn and practice at home

  • K John Ezung says:

    I am a student of theologian and my reason is that I really want to learn drums and I’ll be mainly focusing on praise and worship so plus help me out…thank you.

  • HENRY JAZZ says:

    God bless you for teaching Drums Jazz as my name HENRY JAZZ

  • Manuj saxena says:

    Your’s drums lessons really inspires me a lot .. m learning so much from you .. As i dont have enough fund to learn i am learning through your online vedios thnxxx a lot Jared ..

  • Lawrence says:

    This website is really helping me improve my drumming fills,you guys are great.shout out to my name sake

  • snoochie poochie jones says:

    I have spent a lot of money and time trying to improve on my drumming skills and suprisingly enoff the coolest stuff ive learned has been completely free from this website.The things ive learned here have been very comprehensible and have opened my mind to different ways of drumming.I really appreciate you people giving free lessons for a person like me who’s having trouble geting any money it means a lot.Im still watching more of these videos trying to pick up as much as i can.Ive been having trouble with getting fast
    accurate bass drum hits on my fills so thats something i need to keep working on i think maybe i just need to keep exercising that muscle.many thanks to everyone involved with this website!

  • James says:

    Awesome Lesson!! Thanks heaps 🙂

  • Matt says:

    Thanks for all these updates, they really keep you going. I took lessons for a while but since I left for uni I’ve been watching these nonstop.

    • Mitsuha says:

      talking like that, even in jest, RIGHT NOW.If your dad doesn’t come thuorgh for you if ever there was a time for The File to come out, it’s now.

    • Manoj says:

      Lol You wsteayour cash for this Over rated Novice rdrum set !?? Well I guess everyone had different taste..

  • Keith says:

    great lesson and all the cam views are a real bonus

  • jigme namgyal says:

    thank you Jared for this valuable web site. i am learning so many thing.
    my dream of playing drum looks promising with you… thank you.

  • Daniele says:

    very cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Sounak says:

    just awesum……thnx fr d gr8 lesson…:)

  • Gary says:

    Sorry Lawrence. Ignore my advice about getting the Practice Kit, I didn’t read that you already had one. Think about an Electronic Kit, if you can afford it.

  • lawrence patton says:

    First off i would like to say thank you for this amazing site again ty.

    my question is all i have is a pratice pad kit i live in a apt. so i can’t bring my kit in my kit sits in storage what could i do or what would u recommened if you have any advice it will be apperciate. by the way i’m a beginner thank you you guys rock

    • Gary says:

      Hi Lawrence.
      You could try buying a Practice Kit. The only thing with a practice kit, is that you really need to over-exaggerate the Dynamics (Ghost Notes & Accents) because when you go from one drum to the next it all sounds the same otherwise.
      Alternatively, if have the money you could buy an Electronic Drumkit. You can run it through Headphones & nobody next door will even hear it. By the way there are some really cool sounds from Electronic Kits these days.

  • Zviz says:

    thank you Jared you are changing my life <3 😀

  • Nain says:

    Amazing lessons!

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