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Playing A Paradiddle On The Drums

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 2

There are tons of ways to add some flavour to your drum beats, and a paradiddle is one of them that you can learn how to do today.

I always try to convince drummers to learn the easiest rudiments first for two reasons:

-They will provide them with a foundation for the advanced rudiments that they will be learning how to play.

-They will provide them with the motivation that they need to learn the harder rudiments without getting frustrated about not being able to perfect the immediately.

The paradiddle is a basic drum rudiment that will fulfill both of these criteria!

This post is dedicated to showing you how to play a paradiddle on your drums through one medium...text .

I have outlined the steps in the text below, as well as provided some more information about a paradiddle and drum rudiments in general.

What Is A Paradiddle?

A paradiddle is a drum rudiment that can be incorporated into many drum beats and fills.

I know that you may be thinking that I have confused you even more by answering a question that has caused you to ask another question...

What is a rudiment?

A rudiment is a pattern of hits or strokes that is played on the drums!

How To Play A Paradiddle...

In order to play a paradiddle, you must first understand the rudiment (or pattern) that is involved...

You must strike the drums and cymbals in the following order with your hands:

-Right, Left, Right, Right (RLRR)

OR

-Left, Right, Left, Left (LRLL)

The goal here is to master the way that you are striking the drums and cymbals; the specific ones that you are hitting is irrelevant.

This means that you can hit any combination of drums and cymbals, as long as you are following the RLRR/LRLL rudiment that has been listed above.

Obviously, certain cymbal and drum combinations will sound better than others, but any combination that follows the rudiment can be deemed as being a paradiddle.

Combining The Two Versions Of The Paradiddle Together!

You can make a really cool and unique sounding rudiment if you combine both of the versions of the paradiddle together.

This means that you would strike the drums/cymbals with your hands in the following order:

-Right, Left, Right, Right, Left, Right, Left, Left (RLRRLRLL)

This is a really cool rudiment, and can be thrown into your drum beat to give it some flavour.

I can guarantee that any audience that hears this will go wild because it simply sounds phenomenal. But what makes this deal even sweeter is the fact that this version of the paradiddle is extremely easy to learn, and even easier to incorporate into your drumming sessions.

When To Play A Paradiddle...

I have heard drummers incorporating paradiddles into different part of their drum beats; however, the most effective way to use them seems to be within a drum fill.

As you know, one of the best times to incorporate a basic drum fill is in a transition in the song. This could mean going from a chorus to a verse, from a verse to a bridge, or any other transition that happens within the song.

This would be the best time to play a paradiddle.

You can even use the paradiddle rudiment as your drum fill! This means that you can strike the drums and cymbals in the paradiddle pattern to form the entire drum fill.

Trust me...it will sound amazing!

In essence, the paradiddle is a rudiment that should be learned by every single drummer. It’s really easy to learn how to play, and sounds amazing...it doesn’t get better than that!

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Comments

Aug 25, 2014 8:29pm
galsivan
The simplest way to really understand the beauty of the paradiddle is to just place the right hand on the hi-hat and the left hand on the snare. This will already add some color!
Aug 25, 2014 8:29pm
galsivan
The simplest way to really understand the beauty of the paradiddle is to just place the right hand on the hi-hat and the left hand on the snare. This will already add some color!
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