What are Tom-Tom Drums?
Tom-toms (or simply ‘toms’) are drums with varying pitch, primarily used for drum rolls, solos and fills. Drum kits have varying amounts of tom-tom drums (usually 3 or 4), with smaller tom-toms creating higher pitched sounds and larger tom-toms creating lower pitched sounds.
An example of a ‘hi tom’:
An example of a ‘mid tom’:
An example of a ‘low tom’ (aka ‘floor tom’):
We recommend placing your toms on the second row from the top, on pads 9, 10 and 11 in your drum kit:
What are Drum Fills?
Drum fills or simply ‘fills’ are different from drum beats and are generally played to fill a transition to a new section of a track (either towards the end of a bar, or for a full bar).
Here’s an example of 1 and a half bars of a standard drum beat, followed by a half bar drum fill:
Not all drum fills use the tom-toms. Here’s a drum fill which only uses kicks and snares:
Here’s one more fill which features a drum roll across the hi, mid and low toms: