I first discussed pataflaflas in the May 2015 issue, in an article titled “Pataflafla Builder,” and the material in that lesson was later adapted into my latest book, Rhythm & Chops Builders. This month we’re going to revisit the concepts from that lesson and shift pataflaflas around to different parts of the beat to create syncopated patterns. Doing so can be helpful for developing hand techniques and a great way to develop timing and comfort as the figures shift around each pulse.

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