Flam Paradiddle-Diddle

Learn To Play The Flam Paradiddle-Diddle Drum Rudiment!

The flam paradiddle-diddle (also known as flamadiddle-diddle) is a combination of the flam with the single paradiddle-diddle. It's important for you to learn how to play the flam and the single paradiddle-diddle drum rudiments before taking on this free drum lesson. This way, it will be a lot easier for you to learn how to play the flam paradiddle-diddle.

Taking a look at the sheet music below, you can see that starting on count 2 there are three consecutive single strokes being played between the "trip" and the grace note on the next quarter note. Keeping those strokes consistent and under your control is a challenging endeavor. Keep at it and everything will come together with time.

Flam Paradiddle-diddle

You can count the flam paradiddle-diddle as 8th note triplets, or use the name of the rudiment instead – rL(flam or par) R(a) L(did) L(dle) R(did) R(dle). Don't forget to practice the flam paradiddle-diddle leading with both hands since it doesn't alternate within itself.

Exercise #1 is an 8th note triplet half-time drum beat with a broken hi-hat shuffle pattern. This beat features two flam paradiddle-diddles scattered between the snare drum and the hi-hat. Playing quality flams between completely different surfaces like the snare and the hi-hat is a hard task, seeing it's easy to play a flat flam without even noticing it. Practice flams between the hi-hat and the snare if you have to, so that you can get used to that particular feel and sound. Remember to play the bass drum on count 1 in unison with the primary stroke of the flam.

Flam Paradiddle-diddle #1

Exercise #2 is another 8th note triplet half-time drum beat. This exercise is pretty much like the previous one. To play it like notated, start on the hi-hat with a "stronger hand" flam. After that, play the ghosted snare strokes of the previous exercise on the hi-hat at a normal volume, and the hi-hat strokes on the bow of the ride cymbal. Moving the hands around different surfaces is a great way of coming up with new drum beats. Use this approach with all other drum rudiments when coming up with your own variations.

Flam Paradiddle-diddle #2

Exercise #3 is a 12/8 time signature drum fill. Lead this drum fill with your stronger hand to make it easier to execute. This will enable you to transition from the snare drum to the floor tom and from the floor tom to the hi-tom with greater ease.

Flam Paradiddle-diddle #3

Exercise #4 is a drum fill played in 12/8. Leading this drum fill with your stronger hand will make it easier to transition between the different drums. Since this whole fill is played on soggy surfaces like the ones from toms, practicing double stroke rolls on surfaces with no rebound will enable you to develop your forearm muscles to a point where you'll be able to play fast and consistent sounding doubles with wrist strokes only. You can also use a quick snap of the back fingers on the drumstick to give the second stroke a lot more velocity. This is another great tool for playing fast and consistent sounding doubles on toms.

Flam Paradiddle-diddle #4

Once you're able to play the flam paradiddle-diddle and the exercises herein accurately, you can keep challenging yourself by learning how to play new drum rudiments. We encourage you to check the free drum lessons on the Swiss army triplet and the pataflafla next.