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Single Paradiddle Variations  

Single Paradiddle Variations

In our last lesson we looked at the Single Paradiddle. In this lesson let’s look at variations of the Single Paradiddle (click here to for last lesson)

A quick review of the Single Paradiddle might be in order. The Single Paradiddle is made up of the combination of two alternating single strokes and a double stroke. The leading hand plays an accent (accent is indicated by the upper case letter). A leading right hand paradiddle goes like this – RIGHT left right right (Rlrr) and a leading left hand paradiddle goes like this – LEFT right left left (Lrll). Alternating paradiddles will be (leading right hand) Rlrr Lrll (leading left hand) Lrll Rlrr.

In this lesson we’ll focus on 3 variations of the Single Paradiddle:

  1. Outward Single Paradiddle – rLrl/lRlr
  2. Reverse Single Paradiddle – rrLr/llRl
  3. Inward (or 'inverted') Single Paradiddle – rllR/lrrL

(upper case letters indicate where the accent typically is played).

I cannot stress enough the importance of mastering the Single Paradiddle and its variations. Once you have mastered them on a single drum you can combine them in numerous ways to move the accents around. They can be combined to create drum set grooves or fills. You can play each hand on a different drum or cymbal. You can play the diddle on the bass drum. You can play an ostinado with bass drum and high hat while playing paradiddles on different drums with your hands. You can play an ostinado with your hands while playing paradiddles with your feet. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination.

Oh my! Papa’s got a new bag.

As before, set your metronome to a tempo that will allow you to stay in complete control. Feet tap with the metronome. Your strokes will start and stop with the stick bead 1 inch above the drum (or pad). The accent is made by raising the stick seven inches above the drum. The taps are made by bending the wrist (not the arm) forward hitting the drum and then raise the stick back to an inch above the drum surface. Strive for consistency of volume between and with both the accent and the taps.

To start you off, I have provided written out an 8th note and 16th note alternating single paradiddle (see below). Note the sticking with leading right hand and leading left hand. Practice each written exercise a minimum of five minutes each with out stopping every day. Remember it is better to go SLOW and be precise then fast and be sloppy. Stay relaxed and focus on the sound you are making.





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