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flam

noun; sound symbolism
A rudimentary drum exercise that involves holding one stick at level 1 above a drum, and the other stick at level 5 above the drum, then bringing both of them down to cause an almost simultaneous drum hit Apparent meaning: A system of two drum beats performed by holding one stick an inch above the drum head, and the other stick much higher above the drum head, and then swiftly bringing both sticks down upon the drum head to create a nearly simultaneous sound. Type of word formation: onomatopoeia: saying the word flam is supposed to resemble the sound a flam makes. Again, I disagreed with my instructor here, but this is now a generally-accepted term of the percussion community. I believe this one in particular could be considered a metaphor, as the dictionary definition is “nonsense,” and the sound of a flam is two *nearly* simultaneous drum hits, which could be considered nonsense or drivel. Reason used: Unknown Example sentence: The flam is the most basic of all percussion rudiments; phlams can be added to any rudiment in order to increase its level of difficulty, such as in the flam-paradiddle.
 
Source : Used by my percussion teacher to describe a particular rudiment
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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