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    Hi all, first time poster.

    Listen to the intro fill for Michael McDonald's "I Gotta Try"; it's the first thing you hear in the track:



    I hear it as sixteenth triplets, that much I'm confident about, but I'm curious if someone here can break it down in terms of which drums and what rudiments he's using to do this so I can learn. Can anyone help?

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    Duncan

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    Hi Duncan. Yea, it's sixteenth triplets. The fill starts on beat 3. The first 3 notes are on the snare (RLL) with the right accented and the two lefts are ghost notes. The next two notes are on the bass drum and the next two on the toms (right hand on the 2nd tom and left hand on the 1st tom). Then a crash (with the bass drum) on the "and" of 4.

    By the way, I'm not sure how old you are but you might recognize the background vocals. It's Kenny Loggins! He co-wrote this song with Michael.
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    Are you sure the toms-bass combos aren't flams? Kinda sounds like that to me, but I'm just listening to my weenie computer speakers...
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    Thanks so much. And yes I do; I've heard Kenny's version, but I prefer this one personally.

    Quote Originally Posted by drummer View Post
    Hi Duncan. Yea, it's sixteenth triplets. The fill starts on beat 3. The first 3 notes are on the snare (RLL) with the right accented and the two lefts are ghost notes. The next two notes are on the bass drum and the next two on the toms (right hand on the 2nd tom and left hand on the 1st tom). Then a crash (with the bass drum) on the "and" of 4.

    By the way, I'm not sure how old you are but you might recognize the background vocals. It's Kenny Loggins! He co-wrote this song with Michael.

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    Slinglander, I too made this assumption based on what I heard through average speakers. However when I played the fill as a flam it just didn't feel or sound like I wanted it to. It worked but there was just something off. Then I asked other drummers and a teacher about it and for it to be written out and it was 16ths. After playing it like that it just flowed and sounded and felt good. It also helped that I have listened to this song (album) many times on much better speakers and equipment and the way Tom describes it is the way it sounds on a good system.
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