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Shifting Flams That Drag

Technique by Will Taylor // January 25 2013
Shifting Flams That Drag

Hello, Black Page readers! I hope all is well. This week’s lesson (as my terrible title will tell you) is about flam drags. Now, these are one of the coolest sounding rudiments out there and feel they should be in any drummer’s arsenal. 

The basic pattern of the exercise is shifting an accent through 8th note triplets. So in bar one the accent is on counts 1, 2, 3, and 4; bar 2, the trip of counts 1, 2, 3, and 4. Finally, bar 3 on the let of 1, 2, 3, and 4. (The counts for triplets being – 1 trip let, 2 trip let, 3 trip let, 4 trip let.) 

Technique-wise, we’ll be using a lot of Moeller to get a nice flow into our triplets and using our upstroke to bring out the double strokes. The faster we go, the smaller our heights will become. The video has a much better description and demonstration. 

I hope you enjoy this exercise. Any problems, just get in contact. You can download the PDF transcription of this exercise here





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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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