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Party-time Flams

Technique by Will Taylor // November 14 2013
Party-time Flams

Hello, Black Page readers! I hope all is well in your world of drums. This month we’re looking a short flam lesson I composed. It’s a fun little ditty so I hope you enjoy—a 6/8 number working on single flams and two flams back to back with both hands. 

When you have two flams back to back this makes the sticking especially fun! Your grace-note hand will be playing double the amount of notes that your accent-hand will. A great way to see and hear what’s happening is to split your hands between two different playing surfaces. Play the exercise with one hand on your practice pad and the other on the edge of the pad so you can really focus in on what’s happening. 

Pay close attention to getting a really nice flam sound. This will be down to the size of the gap between your accent and grace note. At slower speeds the gap will be bigger giving a fatter flam sound, and as we speed up the gap will get closer and our stick heights will drop. Make sure your grace notes are nice and clean, really allowing the accented flams to pop out. The video will so you exactly what I mean. 

I hope you enjoy the exercise. Any questions send them in! Cheers, Will Taylor.







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About the Author
Will  Taylor

Will began playing in the Falcons marching band and took a heavy interest in rudimental drumming. This led to seven years of marching snare drum with the Falcons (finally writing for and leading the drumline) and time at the Cadence drum and bugle corps.

He began playing drum kit during this time and took to studying hard with some great teachers (Richard Spooner, Tom Meadows, Neil Martin) and playing for many different artists as well as playing on releases by Gary Go and Incoherence to name a few. Will maintains a busy teaching schedule whilst playing, touring and recording with different artists and bands.

Email Will with any questions at willtaylordrums@gmail.com, follow him on Twitter at twitter@willtaylordrums or visit him online at http://www.willtaylor.co.uk/

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