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A flam is a grace note (a small 1 to 3 inch light stroke) just prior to the primary note. The sound of a flam should imitate it's name ("f"-"lam").
Practice both left and right flams and work up to the following exercise.
Tight and Loose Flams
With a tight flam the grace note is closer to the primary note than with a loose flam. In general, tight flams are performed when playing in a marching style and looser flams are played when playing an orchestral style. Also, the faster the your playing, the tighter the flams.
A flat flam is where the grace note and primary note are played with the same or nearly the same intensity and nearly at the same time. A flat flam is really simultaneous hits. This is useful when playing flams with each stick on a different drum.
Applying Flams to the Drum Set
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