How do you recreate the famous “In the Air Tonight” drum fill? Like this.

Out of all the drum fills committed to record over the last 40 years, Phil Collins’ ten bangs over five toms and one bass drum from 1981’s “In the Air Tonight” are among the most iconic.

Written out on a chart, it looks like this.

Getting it absolutely right, though, requires more than following that chart. This tutorial (via Reverb) will show you how to get it 100% correct.

Meanwhile, if you can’t get enough of Phil’s fill, here it is looped for 30 continuous minutes.

And then there’s this guy. (Via Rob on Twitter)


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♬ original sound – hazrit19

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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