The Flam Tap Played On The Feet

Using the flam tap as a foot stamina and co ordination exercise.

In this lesson you will be developing your foot work by going back to the Flam Tap and playing it on the feet rather than the hands. This require a bit of co ordination and independance with your feet, but the exercise will help improve this. Check out our level 1 and level 2 exercises lists for more exercises for developing these areas of your playing.

You will be given two sets of flam tap exercises for the feet, each using a different note value. For each note value you will be given a version where the feet are split between the bass drum and hi hat and a second version using double bass drum. If you don't have a double pedal or two bass drums on your kit, the hi hat and bass drum exercise acheives exactly the same thing. These exercises are constructed in a similar way to our Single Stroke Roll On The Feet and Double Stroke Roll but using the paradiddle sticking.

When playing these exercises make sure your left foot is playing at the same volume as the right. Because this is generally your weaker foot it may need some attention.


Quarter Note Exercises

You will start with a very slow version of the exercise using quarter notes. This exercises will familiarize you with the way the feet work and get your left foot working a bit more before you start speeding things up in the next two exercises. The grace notes on the most problematic area of this rudiment, make sure they fall exactly where they should.

Hi Hat And Bass Drum

The quarter note exercise.

Double Kick

The quarter note exercise.


Eighth Note Exercises

Double the speed up to eighth notes. The only thing that has changed is the speed of the part, all note placements remain the same.

Hi Hat And Bass Drum

The eighth note exercise.

Double Kick

The eighth note exercise.


Sixteenth Note Exercises

Finally double up again to sixteenth notes.

Hi Hat And Bass Drum

The sixteenth note exercise.

Double Kick

The sixteenth note exercise.


TASK

  • Using the 2 minute rule, get the exercise up to a tempo of around 100bpm.
  • Play hands in time with the feet.