This inversion of the ever-useful paradiddle is sometimes referred to as the “paradiddle with the diddle in the middle.” It’s one of my favorite stickings because it is very easy to put accents on either the quarter note or the “a.” And that allows for some cool sounding phrases to be created.
The first step, before being able to use this idea on the drum set, is to get comfortable with the pattern and where the accents can be placed. That’s what this little exercise sheet will help you with. It’s just a beginning, but I hope you’ll find it a helpful one.
Make sure that the unaccented notes are nice and quiet; that will allow your accented notes to really stand out.
Here is the PDF: 16 Exercises to Build Facility with Inverted Paradiddles
Mess with the ideas on the worksheet, then try orchestrating them in different ways on the drum set. Your own ideas will simmer too—let them come out and make up your own phrases….that’s the point!
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