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Flattened Flam Rudiments For Better Drum Solos

Todd Sucherman  /  UPDATED Nov 14, 2023

Ever wondered about Todd Sucherman’s pre-game warmup? Every drummer has their own go-to vocabulary, whether it comes out on the practice pad or it’s injected into a pattern on the kit.

Todd filmed a drum solo at Drumeo a few years ago, and in this video you’ll see some of the cool rudiments he used to build it: flam accents, pataflaflas (“fun to say, fun to play”), and flam taps. Once you have the motions, try playing them in succession on the toms and other sound sources.

Check out Todd’s full drum solo right here:

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Todd Sucherman has played thousands of rock shows, entertaining music fans around the world for decades. He’s a decorated clinician, winning multiple awards for his educational DVDs and enjoying a 20+ year tenure with the legendary rock band Styx.

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