Single Drag Tap

Learn To Play The Single Drag Tap Drum Rudiment!

The single drag tap is very similar to the inverted flam tap. The single drag tap is based on an offset double stroke roll that starts on the "and" of each count. Thus, it's imperative you learn how to play the drag ruff and the double stroke roll drum rudiments before going through this free drum lesson.

Single Drag Tap

Working on drum rudiments requires a lot of dedication and patience, that is, if you want to play them at a high level of control and quality. Working hard and playing accurately will hail great results sooner than later. Practicing with a metronome while keeping track of your progress is a great way of keeping you motivated and focused.

Exercise #1 is an 8th note drum beat. The single drag tap is played on the hi-hat on counts 1 and 3, and is scattered between the bow of the ride cymbal, the snare drum, and the hi-hat on counts 2 and 4. Once the hands are happening, add the bass drum on counts 1 and 3.

Single Drag Tap #1

Exercise #2 is another 8th note drum beat. This pattern is the result of orchestrating some of the strokes on exercise #1 differently. Taking a look at the sheet music below, you can see that the main changes are felt on counts 2 and 4 - the grace notes are moved to the snare drum and the hi-hat tap on count 4 is displaced to the floor tom.

Single Drag Tap #2

Exercise #3 is a 16th note drum fill that's easier to perform if you lead with your main hand. The drags are all kept on the snare drum while the taps are moved to the hi-tom and the floor tom. This pattern ends with a three-note 16th note single stroke roll played on the snare drum, the hi- and mid-tom.

Single Drag Tap #3

Exercise #4 is a very cool sounding 8th note drum fill. The drags are kept on the snare drum while the taps are played as unison strokes between the bass drum and the open hi-hat on the "and" of counts 1 and 3, and between the bass drum and the bow of the ride cymbal on the "and" of counts 2 and 4. Don't forget to close the hi-hat on counts 2 and 4.

Single Drag Tap #4

Once you're able to play the single drag tap and the exercises herein accurately, you can keep furthering your knowledge of the drum rudiments. We encourage you to check the free drum lesson on the double drag tap next.