Flam Ostinatos - A Creative Approach to a Drumming Staple - Modern Drummer Magazine

Flam Ostinatos – A Creative Approach to a Drumming Staple

In the context of contemporary hybrid rudiments, the flam has been used in different ways to create some new and exciting patterns. Inspired by some of these modern hybrid combinations, I’ve come up with a concept to add yet another dimension to rudimental drumming, drumset playing, and percussion in general. I call the concept the “flam ostinato.” Given a constant flow of notes, you can create an ostinato that incorporates flams while playing rhythmic phrases that are built on accent patterns.
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