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.)
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.
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