The flam is a fundamental rudiment and a part of the N.A.R.D 13 Essential Rudiments Of Drumming (aka, the drummer’s bible; aka, the building blocks of a sound rudimental drumming foundation). In this lesson, I have put together a few short but effective exercises that illustrate a few simple ways to apply the flam to the drum set. When approaching these exercises, be sure to use the same tap stroke — rL or lR — to get the flam effect. And once you’ve blazed through these exercises a few times, try to get creative and add other flam rudiments such as the flam accent, flam paradiddle, Swiss Army triplets, and any other flam you can think of.
Terence Higgins is a long-standing member of the legendary Dirty Dozen Brass Band and one of New Orleans’ funkiest drummers, specializing in second line, funk, and R&B. He also leads his own funk band, Swampgrease. http://www.swampgrease.com