Flam Rudiments

The Flam

The Flam is simply a single stroke with a tiny grace note before it – for instance, for a right-handed Flam, you play the left hand slightly before the right hand comes down, aiming to get the strokes as close together without actually being together. You then do the same with the alternating hand. We play them in quarter notes.


The Flam Tap

The Flam Tap is played in eighth notes. You start by playing a right-handed Flam, then tap the right hand again for the second eighth note, and repeat on the left hand.

Flam Tap

The Flamacue

The main aspect to remember in the Flamacue is the accent on the second eighth note: it kind of gives it a kick. The Flamacue is technically all single strokes, except the first and last beats are Flams of the same hand!


The Flam Paradiddle

The Flam Paradiddle is counted in the same way as the regular Paradiddle; all that’s different this time is that you play a Flam on the first beat of each Paradiddle instead of the usual single stroke.

Flam paradiddle

The Flam Accent

The Flam Accent is played in 6/8, so we’re now counting ‘1 & a  2 & a’ which has a triplet feel to it. Every stroke is a single except a Flam is played at the start of every triplet.

Flam Accent

The Swiss Army Triplet

The Swiss Army Triplet is counted in the same way at the Flam Accent, but this time, we don’t change hands whilst playing through. To play it leading with your right hand, you play a right hand Flam, a second right hand single stroke, finish it with a left hand single stroke, and repeat!

Swiss Army Triplet

The Pataflafla is counted in sixteenths as is either played right-handed or left-handed. Every beat is a single stroke except that the first and last sixteenths of each beat is a Flam, followed by an alternating Flam (ie. if we’re counting ‘1 e & a  2 e & a’ etc, then ‘1‘ and ‘a‘ of the first group of sixteenths would be a Flam).


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