Basics

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 A––H with a metronome.

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Now start putting them together in 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. Have fun!

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Rich Redmond drums for country star Jason Aldean, is an award-winning clinician, and is an active session drummer in Nashville and Los Angeles. His recent book/DVD, FUNdamentals of Drumming for Kids (coauthored with Michael Aubrecht), is available through Modern Drummer Publications.