5 Amazing Paradiddle Based Drum Solo Combinations in 6/8

I know this title is a mouthful. But it says what this post is all about. I’ve been working on some ideas for a solo section in a song where the band plays a vamp in 6/8 and I get to solo over it. The tempo is about 160 bpm. And I want to be able to SHRED this. The way to shred at this tempo–IMHO–is to play 16th based ideas. And some of the kinds of ideas that sound good to me–kind of Vinnie-ish–are included on this PDF.

Generally speaking, these ideas are based in paradiddles. You’ll see both inverted and regular single paradiddles here as well as some singles with accents. But there are also some great hand/foot combos involving the toms that interact with the snare in order to form cool phrases. And, I believe this all RIPS.

The PDF I’m offering you in this post includes my favorite of these solo ideas so far, written out note-for-note in rhythmic notation, including suggested stickings.

You may find this useful even beyond the learning of the vocabulary because it’s in 6/8. I don’t know about you, but part of the growth in my playing around these exercises involves getting comfortable playing with freedom in 6/8. Have you ever shredded in 6/8? I bet a lot of you have not. This should help you in the 6/8 department.

There are five exercises on the PDF; one measure, two measure and three measure phrases, all in 6/8. But feel free to mix up the ideas. It’s important to move ideas around in the bar and connect different phrases to each other in order to get comfortable with this vocabulary. So, get loose with it after you can actually play it.

Now, one warning: the double bass idea that is introduced in the second measure of #4 (and shows up again in #5) is extremely difficult–at least it was for me and it’s taken a lot of practice for me to begin getting comfortable with it. I’m only now beginning to feel able to execute it….and it still needs work. You can play it with only one bass drum if you aren’t into playing double bass, but I can promise you that this is a true monster lick with double bass. Really. Sick.

Here is the PDF: 5 Amazing Paradiddle Combos

I hope you have fun with this stuff. Not for beginners!

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