VIDEO LESSON! Attack of the Juh-Ba: The Flat Flam Followed by a Kick Drum
The excerpt below is taken from the complete article that appears in the July 2015 issue,
which is available here.
Attack of the Juh-Ba
Harness the Power of the Flat Flam Followed by a Kick Drum
by Rich Redmond
Flat flams are executed by playing two limbs simultaneously. My favorite orchestration of the flat flam is on the snare and floor tom—the combo packs a powerful punch. Follow that with a kick drum hit, and you have what I call the “juh-ba.” The juh-ba comes in many forms and has graced many rock, funk, pop, and country recordings. Start listening for it, and you’ll hear it everywhere. Why? Because it works!
Practice the building blocks with a metronome. When you have them mastered, start putting them together into one-measure phrases. You can also get creative by exploring different sounds when you voice the flat flam on splashes, Chinas, rack toms, cowbells, and electronics.
The video below will give you a taste of what the “juh-ba” can do. Have fun!