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finger beneath the stick, so the stick is held loosely between
the second and third fingers.

Right Hand. Hold your hand palm down and hold the stick
lightly at its thicker end, between the thumb and the first and
second fingers.

When playing, both sticks should point diagonally inward
toward your body. This is an important point.

The Basic Drum Strokes

In addition to the single stroke, which is made by striking
the drum alternately with the left and right-hand sticks, there
are twelve basic drum strokes. These are shown in Fig. 112. Be-
low, we give you directions about how to play them.

The Flam. The flam is the familiar ra-TAT, ra-TAT, ra-TAT
that every one has heard played on the drum. It is written in
music as a grace note (the small note) followed by a quarter
note or a note of longer duration. The grace note is played
quickly and not too loud with one hand, and the following note
is played—more loudly—by the other hand.

Start the flam with the left hand. This is indicated by the
small L over the first grace note. Then play the following note

snare drum player


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