Single Flammed Mill

Learn To Play The Single Flammed Mill Drum Rudiment!

The single flammed mill encompasses a reversed single paradiddle known as a single mill. The single flammed mill was taken from the Swiss rudimental system, and, alongside 13 other drum rudiments, was added to the standard 26 American drum rudiments in 1984 by the Percussive Arts Society. This new set of drum rudiments would later be known as the 40 international drum rudiments.

Practicing the flam and single paradiddle beforehand is imperative for mastering the single flammed mill. When you're able to play the single paradiddle effortlessly, reverse it and start practicing the single mill. Once you can play the single mill add the flams as notated on the sheet music below.

Single Flammed Mill

Exercise #1 is a 16th note tom-tom drum beat. The single flammed mill is played between the floor tom and the snare drum. The singles and doubles should be played as quieter notes and not as full strokes, and the flams should stand out from the remaining strokes. Once you have the hands happening, add the bass drum on counts 1 and 3.

Single Flammed Mill #1

Exercise #2 is a 16th note broken hi-hat drum beat. The single flammed mill is broken up between the hi-hat and the snare drum. This drum beat brings about two challenges: playing the quieter strokes following the snare shots on counts 2 and 4, and being able to differentiate between grace notes and primary strokes when they're played between two different surfaces. Practice flams between the hi-hat and the snare so you can focus on flam quality and control before you start tackling this exercise.

Single Flammed Mill #2

Exercise #3 is a 16th note drum fill. The single strokes are performed on the snare drum. The flammed doubles are played on the hi-tom on counts 1 and 3, and on the floor tom on counts 2 and 4. Leading this drum fill with the weaker hand enables an easier transition from the flammed doubles on the floor tom to the singles on the snare drum. Take that in consideration when practicing this drum fill.

Single Flammed Mill #3

Exercise #4 is 16th note drum fill. Since this drum fill starts with a flam on the floor tom, it's best if you lead the pattern with your main hand. This way, you'll be able to move around the remaining drums with a greater level of comfort.

Single Flammed Mill #4

Once you're able to play the single flammed mill and the exercises herein accurately, you can move on to further expand your knowledge on the drum rudiments. We encourage you to check the free drum lessons on the flam paradiddle-diddle and the Swiss army triplet next.