Nasty Lick #59 explores a simple paradiddle idea that has interesting and powerful results.
Recently, I’ve been experimenting with different ways to play 32nd notes on the drum kit. I want to play them with interesting phrasing and dynamics. Incorporating double strokes and/or paradiddles into such ideas can be an important way to accomplish this.
Paradiddles, when played well, are interesting drumming “words” that have dynamics built in. Playing paradiddles well means that the chosen accented notes are loud and the unaccented notes are quiet—almost ghosted.
But just playing single paradiddles as 32nd notes doesn’t do the trick. If I start with two paradiddles and then add two bass drum notes, also as 32nd notes, the resulting ten note lick, when repeated, will move the accents around the bar line a bit. A-ha! Now we have something.
Frankly, I did not dream this up while sitting at home on the couch. Rather, like most of this stuff, I stumbled upon the phrase while working on something else in the practice room.
The result is a lick that I think has real potential to be a keeper. That is why I am happy to present it to you, my fellow drummers, as Nasty Lick #59.
The worksheet included here has 9 exercises: three versions of the lick as one bar ideas, two versions as two bar ideas, and four examples as two beat ideas. The two beat ideas deviate from the “formula” a bit (including paradiddle-diddles), but I think the results are useful.
Here is the PDF for you to download: