Flams & Backsticking

These next examples are also taken from Alex Duthart’s ‘Fanfare’. These are slightly more complicated in that they involve a combination quick successions of flams and backsticking.

This section is probably my favourite section to play, and one of the trickiest sections to play.

Backsticking 1

It begins with one R-hand sixteenth-note, followed by a rapid L-hand leading single stroke drum roll of thirty-second notes, accenting certain L-hand beats. After this, the section goes into a series of backsticking triplet patterns, as demonstrated in the video.

The second half is in two sections that mirror each other. The first is led by the left hand, and the second by the right!

Here it is slowly:

Here it is at normal speed:

This section involves backsticking, flams, flam taps, inverted flam taps and alternating flams.

Here it is slowly:

Here it is at normal speed:

These are just a few examples, but they can be applied to many aspects of your playing, and by just practicing this type of drumming,  are opened up to countless possibilities in what you play.

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