Periscope Lesson Session #6: Master Your Flam Rudiments

Master Your Flam Rudiments.  When I watch people play snare drum for the first time, there’s a mental checklist of skills that I identify.  Some include: are they able to let the stick rebound naturally? Do they look relaxed? Are they producing a beautiful, characteristic sound from the instrument?

The list goes on and on, and watching students play exercises are a good way for teachers to identify where the breakdown in their mechanics is occurring. When they come for private lessons, teacher’s diagnose their musical and mechanical ailments, and prescribe them exercises, tempo markings and practice habits in order to cure them.

The truth is, the mechanics of drumming are all very simple. It really just comes down to 8’s, Timing, Accent Tap, Stick Control & Double Stroke Rolls. If you can do all those things, it’s just about putting them together. There’s just one last hurdle…

Percussive Arts Society (PAS) Rudiment #20 – the Flam.  It’s the foundation to all the other flam rudiments #21-30.  In this lesson, we talk about all the nuts and bolts of a flam, how I learned how to play Flam Taps and Flam Accents, and some breakdowns you can use to build a rock solid foundation to your flam rudiments.

Master your flam rudiments. Put the work in now so you don’t have to deal with the problems that pop up later!


Part I
Parts of a Flam
– Grace Note + Primary Note
– Open vs. Closed

Part 2
Flam Accent Build

Part 3
Check + Pattern
Auditory Graph Paper (Pan, 2016)
Duple and Triple Application

FREE DOWNLOAD: LESSON 6 HANDOUT Master Your Flam Rudiments

Periscope Lesson 6 – Master Your Flam Rudiments

(Video replay coming soon)


Today I’ll announce the winner of the free Skype lesson!  The basic challenge was to Periscope broadcast yourself practicing for 5mins for 5 days in a row. If you missed the details and want to repeat on your own this week, all the details are here.

The #Huei5for5 Periscope Challenge was such a success for my own practicing.  I discovered that carving out the time and sticking to a very specific goal of practicing every day really inspired me to execute, which is something I struggle with as I teach more and more. Even when I was tired or tempted to do something else this week, the #Huei5for5 kept me accountable.

The other unexpected benefit was just the incredible amount of exchange that occurred in the percussion community.  Watching the variations and additions to the lesson material, I learned a lot from other people. I’m very flattered and grateful for all the messages last week sharing how inspirational the lessons and #Huei5for5 have been.  The truth is, watching other people participate in the challenge really inspired me! 

So. I’ve been inspired to issue another #Huei5for5 this week!

Click here for the details on #Huei5for5 Week2

If we’re not folowing each other on Periscope before you start, be sure to let me know so I receive your alerts.  You can also tweet me with #Huei5for5 @hueiyuanpan so I can catch your scopes (or at least the replays).

Share and encourage your friends to participate and keep helping us build the percussion community – good luck!

Catch the next LIVE broadcast!

I’ve seen a few other GoPro broadcasts, and I’m continuing to work on my technology chops to provide Multi-camera Video Lesson on Periscope. Until I hear otherwise, I’m claiming the First GoPro drum lesson on Periscope 🙂

The idea is to give you an up-close perspective that you might have in a lesson, as well as a view from my perspective. As my friend Alan points out, this is something I wouldn’t be able to achieve even in a masterclass setting, considering students sitting in the last row.

Watch the live lesson on March 27, 2016 at 7pm cst or catch the video replay below (coming soon).  For future lessons on Periscope, follow @hueiyuanpan or view on your browser at  

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Huei-Yuan Pan is a Los Angeles based musician via Chicago, originally from Houston.  His drum corps experience includes performing with the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps (Snare, 2001) and The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps (Snare, 2002-2003; Front Ensemble, 2004). From 2008-2011, Huei served as Director and Arranger for Green Thunder Percussion, and in 2012-2013, Percussion Caption Head with Regiment. He is currently the Director of the Jumpstart Young Musicians Program at The Colburn School in downtown Los Angeles. For more on Huei, click here.

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