The “Figaro Drum Fill” by Tim Kane

Though I did not create this drum fill – most likely it was innovated by Keith Moon and later by John Bonham – I believe I coined a cool name for it called the “Figaro Fill”.

Like the classical music Mozart composition “Fi-ga-ro”, I emulate the three syllables of that word in this fill demonstration played between the rack tom, floor tom and kick drum. Emulating actual spoken words on the drums is a great way to learn new licks. There is language present in musical phrasing. In fact, one can argue that all spoken language is a derivative of music and drums. I wrote a thesis about this topic in college once.

Toward the end of this short video, I add in a little double bass drum with the pattern built round it. Sorry for the poor sound quality. I’m working on that,

Very common fill to learn and adapt. Have fun with it.

Follow your dreams

Though it’s far from perfect, I composed, recorded and mixed down this original song playing all instruments and singing vocals to demonstrate a central message the tune attempts to convey. If you don’t listen to what your heart says and align your career and personal choices with your true passions in life, they will fade away for that time being and you will end up not being completely happy. There will always be this missing piece in you. I’ve learned your gifts and talents never truly leave you and can be rediscovered and unearthed at any time you decide to follow your dreams again. So why wait another moment? Life’s too short.

Drum circle unlocks hidden gifts of autistic kids and adults 

Mickey Hart, Grateful Dead drummer, author and world renowned percussionist, said it right yesterday in a post about Autism Day and his work with Hidden Wings.

Djembes, shakers, didgeridoos and claves – really any hand drum or percussion instrument – can unlock the brain of people living with autism at least for a moment in their lives at a drum circle experience.

Though I host public drum circle experiences as a business, I never was asked to donate my time and equipment to one in front of a captured audience of all autistic kids and adults before. It was a true honor.

As the father of an autistic son myself, no one needs to tell me of the true magical value music adds to his being. But to see it unfold in such a large public group of 30-plus “drummers” at last night’s Light it up Blue for Autism celebration and education fair at UMass Medical Center in Worcester was truly inspirational.

To witness their eyes lock on yours and other drummers in rhythmic step when many typically look quickly away, notice their wide smiles gleam with pride, and see those most locked away in life stay the longest playing and dancing in the circle was simply one of the most powerful times of my life and perhaps theirs, too.

Drums heal and unfurl the hidden gifts of people living with autism. 

Thank you Central Massachusetts Center for Autism Awareness for awakening the spiritual drummer within all of us.

– Tim Kane