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Old 19th April 2003
Gear Guru

Here's something I fooled around with today and it seems to help. Have your drummer try moving his entire foot BACK towards the lower (heel) end of the pedal. Just a few inches. This will allow the beater to naturally rebound more even if he leaves his foot down after the strike.

In my experience, it is the attempted burying of the beater into the head that causes the flam. The beater 'wants' to come out but the foot is still 'planted' down so it goes right back in. Unlike a true flam, the second strike is the quieter one (more an echo than a 'grace note'). I think if you try gating it you will take out the wrong strike.