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Drum Exercise: The Paradiddle
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.
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.
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.
Percussive Arts Society International Drum Rudiments (PDF):
Boston Conservatory (at Berklee College of Music)
Voice, Piano, Guitar
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.
Simon & Garfunkel
Piano, Guitar, Bass, Trumpet, Trombone
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."