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Flam Exercises

Technique by Ryan Carver // July 02 2007
Flam Exercises

Here are some killer flam exercises. These are great for building up the hands and can be applied to the drum set various ways. Start slow, making sure the flams are nice and clean, and that you are relaxed. Gradually increase your speed. When you have one of them down start to play the exercise as a fill or in a groove.


1. In this first example you play four flam accents and two flam taps all phrased as 1/16 notes.

drum exercise


2. This is a two measure example using flam taps and swiss army triplets all phrased as sixteenth notes.

drum exercise


3. This last one is straight eighth not triplets with some right handed flams thrown in. It’s a workout for the left hand.

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Ryan Carver

Ryan Carver is a world-renowned educator with a private practice based out of Ocean County New Jersey, USA. Ryan is the owner of Carver Drums, providing drum repair and custom drums. Ryan can be seen performing with the Shores top bands 4-5 nights a week! Ryan proudly endorses Beatnick Rhythm Analyzer from Onboard research and Carver Drums custom snare drums. Ryan is a member of Vic Firth Education Team, The Hudson T.I.P. program and The Percussive Arts Society. Visit Ryan online at www.carverdrums.com.

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