What This is
OK, I know the title of this article is a bit of a mouthful, but I think it explains what we’re doing here. These ten exercises combine single paradiddles, double paradiddles and paradiddle-diddles in different ways to make up full measures as 32nd notes. Every exercise starts with a right and ends with a left so you can play each exercise continuously or go from one exercise to the next without stopping.
A couple of things to note. First, every paradiddle type is represented in “both directions,” meaning sometimes they start with a right hand and sometimes they start with a left. I believe in that kind of balance when working on technique. Second, all of the double paradiddles are one accent only (the accent is only on the first note of every double paradiddle). It’s just a preference I have but you may find you like them this way too.
How To Practice
I recommend working these out on a practice pad or snare drum first. Your goal is 76 to 100 bpms and beyond. When you are in command of the patterns, start messing around on the drum kit. The most common way to apply these to the kit is to use the snare as “home base” and play the accented notes anywhere….toms, snare, cymbals simultaneously with a bass drum, etc. Get creative and see what kind of cool melodies you can create with the accented notes.
Have At It
There isn’t much more to say about this, so here’s the PDF: PDF: 32nd note paradiddle exercises vol 1
Have fun and let me know how it goes.
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