Rudimental Round-Up Episode #3 – The Drum Flam

December 4, 2009 by  

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chadsmith-rudimentsAfter finally recovering from a Turkey induced coma, I figured it was time to get ya’ll a little learnin’ to do. You’re gonna love this little honey – Ladies and gentleman, boys and girls I present to you The Flam. The Flam is innate, it is primitive and it is so simple yet so powerful that when delivered correctly it can make people jump to their feet and scream! It also comes in handy when you want to play a waltz or a parade march by Maestro John Phillip Sousa! I digress…

The Flam is played by throwing both hands at the same time from two different levels. Huh? Okay, I’ll explain…a Right-Hand Flam has a Left-Hand stroke that occurs just before the Right (LR) and as you’d expect, a Left-Hand Flam has a Right-Hand stroke before it.

The trick is to play these “pre-strokes” from a lower stick level than the main stroke but throwing both sticks at the same time. The stick closer to the drumhead is heard just slightly before the main stick’s attack and at a lighter volume; this creates the effect of a fatter, fuller more luxurious note. If you’ve got both sticks at the same level you may end up with a sound something like a toddler banging away on his/her high-chair. A good example is the difference between the words “lam” and “Flam”, when you’re doing it right you’ll hear it, but be careful not to play “fuh-lam”. Get more info at

Now go get ready for your Christmas concert and learn something!

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Flam – Drum Lessons

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