Paradiddles!! One of the most beloved rudiments out there, second maybe to the single or double stroke rolls!
Paradiddles are super awesome because of their hand-to-hand motion. Hand-to-hand motion is most easily recognized while playing triplets, and are the easiest and most fluid movement to make with your hand (or feet for Level Three: Foot Control). However, triplets aren’t used as often as regular quarter and eighth notes in 4, so the paradiddle is there to alleviate this!
Here is a basic list of some different ways to play paradiddles, as well as a brief drum set application. This is by no means exhaustive- that I’ll be working on over the course of time.
Set the click to 100BPM.
The first line is your basic quarter note paradiddle… 1,2,3,4.
Next is eighth note paradiddles- 1&2&3&4&.
After that it gets a little more tricky- 12/8 time is counted as 1&2&3&4&5&6& per measure. You are doing 12 strokes per measure, but since 12/8 has a Triple time feel (as opposed to 4/4 being Duple; more on this later) you are actually playing 2 sets of 6’s in each measure. There is also a single stroke rudiment called Single Stroke Sevens, and you play a 6 in this. A 6 is basically two triplets put together, so tri-pl-et, tri-pl-et.
What’s tough about this is that you’re still playing paradiddles in this, and a paradiddle only has 4 strokes, not 6. This line is going to require you to think a bit, but get your mind right and listen for the feel. This is a basic polyrhythm. There are accents on the half note to help you keep your bearings.
Another example of paradiddle polyrhythms is to play paradiddle triplets. This is where counting is important because you will get used to playing the paradiddle and lose the triplet feel, and then you’re not playing the exercise anymore. I have added accents to each quarter note, so this will provide a road map for you to keep your triplets, but it will also make it very difficult to play paradiddles!! Fun fun!!
If you’re struggling, don’t forget to adjust that met!
I threw in a couple of very basic and generic beats just so you can hear how paradiddles are applied to the kit. There are hundreds of ways to play paradiddle beats, but this will open your mind up a bit to get started.
Finally, I threw in a couple of paradiddle fills that you can use in quite a few styles of music. However, it is best to practice this with a basic rock beat with the snare on the 2&4 and kick on 1&3.
Stay tuned for more fun drum stuff, and don’t forget to ask questions and reblog it!! Drumming is no secret, and if there were more drummers out there the world would be a better place!!!! This has been scientifically proven as fact by me.