View Full Version : Lesson: Extended Flam Taps

Imperial Star
02-04-2008, 06:40 AM
I got this exercise from watching and interview with Ronald Bruner jr, he didn't explain it at all so this is how I practice it:)

I find flam taps a pretty good chops builder and this helps develp both flams and single stroke rolls further.

Basically you play flam taps and then omit a flam tap and play the 16th notes with one hand, it takes 2 bars to repeat because the second bar will be left hand lead.

lR=Right Flam
rL=Left Flam
R=Right Hand
L=Left Hand

Flam Tap

lR R rL L - lR R rL L - lR R rL L - lR R rL L

ex. 1

| lR R rL L - lR R rL L - lR R rL L - lR R R R | rL L lR R - rL L lR R - rL L lR R - rL L L L |

ex. 2

| lR R rL L - lR R rL L - lR R R R - R R R R | rL L lR R - rL L lR R - rL L L L - L L L L |

ex. 3

| lR R rL L - lR R R R - R R R R - R R R R | rL L lR R - rL L L L - L L L L - L L L L |

Thats it, you know the usual, start slow and build your way up. Play at different stroke heights and try to keep and consistent sound.
You can also orchestrate between right hand and right foot and left hand, foot etc.
And also play it on the kit.

Go try it!

02-04-2008, 06:54 AM
Hrmmm just looks like playing 4 beats of flam taps then just adding 1 beat of single hand into the bar.

For a moment I thought you might have been talking about single stroking the flam, which is very difficult indeed.

Imperial Star
02-04-2008, 07:16 AM
yeah just single hand.
I didn't say it was a hard exercise. I mean look at the stone killer exercise, its not hard but it works.

02-04-2008, 11:01 AM
Seems like a cool lesson :)

I'm not keen on the upper and lower case F's for sticking tablature though.

The sticking could be better written. For example...

lR R rL L - lR R rL L


lR R rL L - R L R L - lR R rL L - R L R L

02-04-2008, 04:24 PM
it's an okay lesson, i just want to know why you call it extended flam taps? extended because there's more than just flam tap over and over?

and yes, writing a different way would be nice, but since it's pretty much the same over and over, it's do-able


Imperial Star
02-04-2008, 07:06 PM
Yeh I didn't know how to write flams in tab form, I'll change it to what Austin said.

I actually call the exercise Flam Killers, coz I find it similar to the Stone Killer exercise Joe Morello created. Not sure why I named the lesson extended flam taps, I'll prolly try change it aswell.

Riding The Short Bus
12-22-2008, 03:59 AM
Don't change the name cause people say you should. You named it and there fore it shall be. I need to get my flams up to par before I can flam tap good. But i shall consider this when I got it down.