Sticking For The Flamacue

A rudiment based on the single stroke five that adds in the flam movement

The flamacue takes the single stroke 5 sticking and adds in flams on every quarter note, much like the flam accent did with single stroke triplets and flams and the ratamacue did with the single stroke four and drags. This creates a very busy rhythm that requires good stick control in terms of both note placement and dynamics. At the bottom of the page you will find a collection of links to lessons you may find useful when learning this part.

Below I have shown four versions of this rudiment, a note on what is happening is included in each.


Exercise 1

A flamacue with each beat starting on the right.

A flamacue starting on the right.


ratamacue

Exercise 2

A flamacue with each beat starting on the left.

A flamacue starting on the left.


Exercise 3

A flamacue with alternate sticking, starting on the right.

A flamacue with alternate sticking starting on the right.


Exercise 4

A flamacue with alternate sticking, starting on the left.

A flamacue with alternate sticking starting on the left.


TASK

  • Using the 2 minute rule, get all 4 exercises up to a tempo of at least 135bpm.
  • Experiment with adding feet as both quarter and eighth notes.
  • Apply some standard orchestrations.
  • Double up the note values to demi semi quavers and eighth notes.
  • Use a drag instead of a flam.