Monday, August 28, 2023

John Riley flam exercise

The other day John Riley did a guest spot on the Memphis Drum Shop instagram page where he broke down a flam exercise he developed that employs 5 flam rudiments in descending order of length.  He created the exercise in response to Joe Morello telling him that a "professional drummer" should be able to play flamadiddlediddles as sextuplets at 120 bpm.  John describes this as "wicked fast", and I couldn't help but noticed that he didn't actually play them at that tempo in the video.  I know I can't!  Either way it's a fun and handy little exercise so I jotted it down to share with you.