What do you get when you take a paradiddle and add an accented diddle on the front and an unaccented Swiss drag on the back? Why a book report of course. (Of course? -yeah, I have no idea who named this one.)
44 Modern Rudiments
This rudiment is just like the chut-a-cha, but now we’re whipping into an accented diddle. The demands come at you fast: low fast finger dribble into a whip stroke into a double accented diddle…
“Chut-a-cha” is an onomatopoeia, much like many other rudiment names. There’s a flam on the first and third of three partials, though only the first one is accented.
How many notes can you cram into three partials? About this many. If you combine flam accent cheese and flam drags, you’ve got the flam five.
These are many people’s favorite rudiment, and for good reason; they’re fun to play and sound cool. A lot of people consider flam drags a “right of passage” of sorts into advanced rudimental vocabulary.
You could easily argue that this is a slurred inversion of the traditional “drag tap” rudiment, but you basically never see “drag tap’s” and I like to call a spade a spade.
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This rudiment has been around for a long time, yet most people still struggle with it. It’s all about the two hands coordination totally opposite hand motions, the “Moeller whip & stop” and the “No-chop flop & drop.”
These are really fun as there’s a lot of bang for buck (lots of beats with minimal effort). The “Flop-ga-dick” is the key hand motion–flop out of the accent into the little diddle squeezed out by the fingers
I discovered these all by myself when I was in middle school; they’re like flam accents except way easier since each hand only plays two notes!