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The Paradiddle

Drum Exercise: The Paradiddle

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As a Sticking Exercise:   

The paradiddle is an essential exercise for every drummer and percussionist. Follow the sticking pattern (R=right, L=left) above slowly until you can repeat it at a steady speed comfortably (as with most exercises, use a metronome to ensure steady tempo). Often an accent is added the to first stroke of each paradiddle. 

Nearly everything we play as drummers can be broken down into a combination of singles or doubles. The paradiddle is one of the simplest structures; containing two single strokes and a double. If we think of the single and the double as words, the paradiddle is the first complete sentence most drummers memorize- now let's look at how we can apply it to our Drumset playing.

Drumset Application:

Applying rudiments to the Drumset can be as simple as deciding on a concept and practicing it. Here we'll look at a common application for the paradiddle: playing the hi-hat with our right hand and the snare with our left. 

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We've added an accent on the backbeat (2 & 4), and a bass drum on 1 & 3, but this beat is essentially nothing but paradiddles. Start by playing the hi-hat snare part until it feels smooth and steady- then try adding the bass drum and accents to create the phrase. 

More Resources:

Here's Dave Garibaldi (Tower of Power) showcasing an often used funk beat that makes use of paradiddles.

Percussive Arts Society International Drum Rudiments (PDF): 

http://www.pas.org/docs/default-source/default-document-library/pasdrumrudiments2015.pdf

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TEACHER PROFILE: Dan Zimberg

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TEACHER PROFILE: Dan Zimberg

 
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EDUCATION

Boston Conservatory (at Berklee College of Music)

SPECIALTY

Voice, Piano, Guitar

 

DAN ISAAC


VOICE / PIANO / GUITAR

Trained classically at the Boston Conservatory (now Berklee College of Music). I love singing Musical Theater, Classical, and music of all genres. My experience on the stage doing regional theater enhances my ability to take a deeper look into a piece of music. I'm proud to be on my 3rd year teaching at So.I.Heard. and It has been a wonderful experience molding students potential into something useful for their musical futures.

INFLUENCES

Elton John
Tenacious D
Sam Smith
Queen
Simon & Garfunkel

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TEACHER PROFILE: Max Fishkin

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TEACHER PROFILE: Max Fishkin

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EDUCATION

Rutgers University

SPECIALTY

Piano, Guitar, Bass, Trumpet, Trombone

INFLUENCES

The Beatles
Miles Davis
George Gershwin
Radiohead
Ahmad Jamal

MAX FISHKIN


PIANO / GUITAR / BASS / TRUMPET / TROMBONE

"I graduated from Rutgers University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music and am currently pursuing a Doctorate in Audiology at Montclair State University. I currently play bass in Balter Band and perform solo for any occasion! Some of my influences include the Beatles, George Gershwin and Bach. I believe music is the glue to the human spirit, as it can express what words are unable to and is capable of creating community."

 

MAX'S PROJECTS

https://www.facebook.com/bloomfieldbalterband

http://maxfishkin.com

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