Rudiment Section #30
40 P.A.S. Standard Rudiments
The Flam Drag is a rudiment (#30 of the 40 P.A.S. certified essential or standard rudiments) which consists of a Flam and a Drag in a 6/8 time signature. This is a hand-to-hand pattern which means it alternates between starting on the Right Hand and the Left Hand.
lR . l l r . rL . r r l .
Notice how this is actually a permutated Five Stroke Roll in terms of the sticking.
Here we combine three Flam Drags with two Flams in 6/8. The Flams are played on the first and third note of beat four if you count them as 8th notes in 12/8. This reverses the hands and adds a little emphasis to its first obvious application: an embellishment to an 8th note shuffle.
Counting (for reasons of clarity in 12/8)