Single Flammed Mill - Drum Rudiment

The single flammed mill is one of the 40 International Drum Rudiments since 1984. The Percussive Arts Society (P.A.S.) was responsible for its inclusion, after settling on the expansion of the 26 drum rudiments with orchestral, drum corps, European, and contemporary drum rudiments. The single flammed mill was taken from the Swiss rudimental system.

The single flammed mill is one of the drum rudiments from the flam family of drum rudiments. If you remove the grace notes from the sheet music below, you'll be able to see how the single flammed mill is built on the reversed single paradiddle - also known as single mill.

Single Flammed Mill

Once you're able to play the single paradiddle and the single mill perfectly, add flams to the single mill where notated on the sheet music below. Therefore, not only is it essential to master the single paradiddle but the flam as well.

When you feel confident with the single flammed mill, you can move on to learn how to apply the single flammed mill to drum beats and drum fills.

Exercise #1 is a 16th note tom-tom drum beat. This exercise features a single flammed mill per count. Each single flammed mill is scattered between the floor tom and the snare drum. 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 scattered between the hi-hat and the snare drum. Playing quieter strokes following the snare shots on counts 2 and 4 is quite challenging. Practicing this pattern slowly at first, and stopping the drumstick near the snare after playing the primary stroke, guaranties the sound quality required to play this pattern accurately.

Single Flammed Mill #2

Exercise #3 is a 16th note drum fill. 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 this 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 40 drum rudiments. We encourage you to learn how to play the flam paradiddle-diddle and the Swiss army triplet next.