Kenny's Tip of the Day - Your Song Doesn't Need Crash Cymbals or Big Drum Fills!!!!
This is a difficult one to agree with. I tend to lean on this trick myself as drum fills and crash cymbals tend to make sections explode and also highlight the transitions from section to section.
A well written song should not need these "crutches" to work. A great song will translate perfectly without them. And if your song really can't work without fills and crashes, you might want to take a look at what's wrong with the song itself.
Is the Hook strong enough? Are the lyrics relatable? Why do we need intrusive explosions to get our points across?
Are there other arrangement ideas you can employ to create interest in the transitions? I know. It sounds hard if you use these a lot. But a great song, should stand on it's own.
Check out this song for a great example:
And check out my tutorials at www.groove3.com to learn more.
I hope this message finds you well. Kenny Gioia.