Flam Paradiddle-diddle - Drum Rudiment

The flam paradiddle-diddle was one of the patterns chosen to take part in the 26 American Drum Rudiments by members of the National Association of Rudimental Drummers (N.A.R.D.) in 1936. The flam paradiddle-diddle was also featured in the 13 Essential Drum Rudiments. This was a subgroup of the 26 drum rudiments that encompassed the essential drum rudiments any drummer should know how to play. In 1984, the 26 drum rudiments were joined by 14 other drum rudiments, giving birth to the 40 International Drum Rudiments.

The flam paradiddle-diddle, which is also known as flamadiddle-diddle is another pattern from the flam family of drum rudiments that combines a flam with one of the 40 drum rudiments. As you might have guessed by now, that drum rudiment is the single paradiddle-diddle. It's important for you to have a solid knowledge of the flam and the single paradiddle-diddle before tackling the flam paradiddle-diddle. Otherwise, mastering this lesson will be that much of a challenge.

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). The flam paradiddle-diddle doesn't alternate within itself. So don't forget to practice the flam paradiddle-diddle with both left and right hand leading.

Flam Paradiddle-diddle

Can you play the flam paradiddle-diddle along to a metronome? Can you do so with control, consistency, articulation, and flam quality? If you answered yes to these questions, then you can move on to the next section where you'll learn how to apply the flam paradiddle-diddle to drum beats and drum fills.

Exercise #1 is an 8th note triplet half-time drum beat. This pattern features two flam paradiddle-diddles that when scattered between the snare drum and the hi-hat give birth to this very cool broken hi-hat shuffle pattern. Playing quality flams between two different surfaces can be a hard task. It's easy to play a flat flam without even noticing it.

Flam Paradiddle-diddle #1

Exercise #2 is an 8th note triplet half-time drum beat. This exercise is pretty much like the previous one. The ghosted strokes that were played on the snare drum on exercise #1 are moved to the hi-hat here. The hi-hat strokes on exercise #1 on the other hand are played on the bow of the ride cymbal instead. Moving the hands around different surfaces while keeping the same rhythmic pattern is a great way of coming up with new drum beats.

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. A problem you may face while practicing this exercise is getting the doubles to sound consistent, especially because of the surfaces they are played on. Check the free drum lesson on the double stroke roll to see what techniques you can use to work around this issue.

Flam Paradiddle-diddle #4

Once you're able to play the flam paradiddle-diddle and the exercises herein accurately, you can move on to further expand your knowledge on the 40 drum rudiments. We encourage you to learn how to play the Swiss army triplet and the pataflafla next.