A pataflafla is one of those rudiments for drums that many of
you cringe at the very thought of trying to play. This is either
because you just don't like the name of it, or because you would
rather eat your grandmother's collard greens than attempt to play
something that weird.
we're here to tell you that it isn't that bad.
way to approach this is "one step at a time". First
you need to realize that its simply made up of flams and
single strokes. Well, we can all play single strokes right? So,
that only leaves the flam part to deal with. (See how easy this
us already know how to play flams but some of us need some serious
brushing up. If you'll take the time to get those alternated flams
down real good, there is only one more step!
ACCENT is the next step and one of the primary rudiments within
the Pataflafla. It just takes a little repetition and you'll
have it before you know it.
1 2 3, 4 5 6
flam on 1, Left-handed flam on 4.)
Ok, it's time to tackle the Pataflafla.
A good way to start is by playing 2 alternated flams, then 2 alternated
singles back to back. Do this over and over again to get the motion
down. You then simply phrase this over 16th notes as follows:
> > > > > >
1 e + a, 2 e + a, 3 e + a, 4 e + a
be tricky at first but hang in there! Keep it slow for now and
play it clean. You'll find that playing the Pataflafla
isn't nearly as hard as you thought. - See
the Pataflafla Video
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