The Paradiddle

The Paradiddle is played in sixteenth notes, and with the hand pattern ‘R L R R   L R L L’ etc. As with all the Paradiddle rudiments, a good way to remember when to play the double is by assigning each stroke a syllable from the word ‘paradiddle’: for instance, ‘pa’ is beat 1, ‘ra’ is beat two, ‘did’ is beat 3, and ‘dle’ is beat 4! Ta-dahhh. So any time you say ‘diddle’ that’s your cue to play a double stroke.

Paradiddle

Paradiddle Accent Displacement

A fun and beneficial thing to play around with when you’re practising Paradiddles is to add an accent in certain places. Firstly, practise adding an accent on the first beat of each Paradiddle, then try adding it just on the second, and do the same with the third and fourth beats. Eventually, you can mix them up and play them consecutively, displacing the accent forward by one sixteenth note each bar.

Paradiddle Accent Displacement

The Double Paradiddle

The Double Paradiddle is counted in 6/8, with the hands switching over between doubles (and as we know from previously, by saying ‘double paradiddle’ and assigning each stroke a syllable, you just play singles until you say ‘diddle!).

Double Paradiddle

The Paradiddle-Diddle

Finally, the Paradiddle-diddle is similar to the Double Paradiddle (I hope everyone is keeping up with these names, phew), in that it is counted in 6/8; however, this rudiment can’t alternate to the other hand while playing through. We either play it right-handed or left-handed. The first two strokes are singles, and the last 4 are doubles (R L R R L L, etc.).

Paradiddle diddle R hand

Paradiddle diddle L hand

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