Flam Paradiddle

Learn To Play The Flam Paradiddle Drum Rudiment!

The flam paradiddle (also known as the flamadiddle) is the result of combining a single paradiddle with a flam. Make sure you know how to play those two drum rudiments before you start working on the flam paradiddle. When practicing the flam paradiddle you can count it out loud as 16th notes, or like so: lR(flam or par) L(a) R(did) R(dle) rL(flam or par) R(a) L(did) L(dle).

The exercise below is a great drill for building your rudimental chops. Start practicing it at a slow speed and make sure the stroke sequence is played accurately. Doing things properly will help you build a solid foundation that will serve you for years to come; just be patient.

Flam Paradiddle

Exercise #1 is a 16th note drum beat. The flam paradiddles are broken up between the hi-hat and the snare drum. The flam paradiddles on counts 1 and 3 are played on the hi-hat, while the flam paradiddles on counts 2 and 4 are broken up between the snare drum and the hi-hat. Once you have the hands happening, add the bass drum on all quarter notes.

Flam Paradiddle #1

Exercise #2 is another 16th note drum beat. The flam paradiddle is played between the hi-hat and the hi-tom on count 1. Leading this pattern with your stronger hand is a great option here, since it makes for an easier transition when going from the hi-hat to the hi-tom.

Flam Paradiddle #2

Exercise #3 is a 16th note drum fill. Playing consistent sounding doubles on the floor tom is the biggest challenge you'll find in this exercise. The best way to go about this is to develop your forearm muscles to a point where your wrists can play doubles with ease, regardless of the level of bounce of the surface. You can also use a quick snap of the fingers on the drumstick after playing the first stroke with the wrist, for getting a similar volume from the two strokes.

Flam Paradiddle #3

Exercise #4 is a 16th note drum fill. It's better for you to lead this pattern with your stronger hand since it will help you perform it with a greater level of ease. Watch out for the doubles on the floor tom - use the tips we gave you on the previous exercise for getting them to sound even.

Flam Paradiddle #4

Besides the flam paradiddle, there are two more flam based drum rudiments that encompass paradiddle drum rudiments. Therefore, once you become competent with the flam paradiddle, check the free drum lessons on the flam paradiddle-diddle and the single flammed mill.