Flam Tap

Learn To Play The Flam Tap Drum Rudiment!

The flam tap is an 8th note double stroke roll where the first note is flammed. Thus, it's essential for you to learn how to play the flam and the double stroke roll drum rudiments before going any further with this lesson. As you practice the flam tap, make sure you don't lose track of the most important thing in any of the flam based drum rudiments – flam quality and consistency.

Flam Tap

Exercise #1 is an 8th note half-time drum beat that encompasses two flam taps on the hi-hat. As soon as you can play the hand-to-hand flam taps on the hi-hat, add a flam on the snare drum on count 3, and an open hi-hat stroke on the "and" of count 4. Don't forget to close the hi-hat on count 1 of the next measure. Once everything feels solid, add the bass drum on all quarter notes.

Flam Tap #1

Exercise #2 is another 8th note half-time drum beat. The flam taps are played between the hi-hat and the bow of the ride cymbal on the first two counts. Once you can play them accurately, add a unison stroke between the floor tom and the snare drum on count 3, and a stroke on the bow of the ride on the "and" of count 4. Finally, add the bass drum on all quarter notes.

Flam Tap #2

Exercise #3 is an 8th note drum fill. This pattern incorporates flams on count 1 and on the "and" of count 2, while the flam taps are performed on counts 3 and 4. Once you have the hands happening, add the bass drum on all quarter notes.

Flam Tap #3

Exercise #4 is a 16th note drum fill that features two flam taps, a single stroke roll, and a flam. The first flam tap is played on count 1 between the snare and the floor tom. The second flam tap is scattered between the snare drum and the hi-tom on count 2. The single stroke roll is played between the snare drum and the floor tom on count 3. Leading the single stroke roll with the weaker hand is a great idea here since it's easier to get to the floor tom on time to play the "ah" of count 3. This drum fill ends with a flam on the snare drum.
Experimenting with the vast material on drum rudiments you have at your disposal in this website has great benefits. You'll develop your own voice behind the drum set while working on your rudimental skills and independence at the same time.

Flam Tap #4

Once you're able to play the flam tap 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 flam accent and the flamacue next.