Sticking For The Triple Paradiddle

A variation on the standard paradiddle where more sets of single stroke are used.

The triple paradiddle is a development of the Standard Paradiddle which throws in four extra sets of single stroke before the double. This makes the phrasing of the rudiment slightly longer as it is played over eight sixteenth notes rather than just four. The speed will be exactly the same as the standard paradiddle so the main thing you will need to focus on is not slipping back into the standard paradiddle.

Note that the Triple Paradiddle can also be referred to as a 'Para Para Para Diddle'. Its sticking is six singles followed by a double then the same but reversed, so 'R L R L R L R R L R L R L R L L'. Shown below is the rudiment as both eighth notes and full sixteenth notes. For each rhythm both standard and reverse sticking are given, practice both stickings with a metronome and start slowly while you are familiarizing yourself with the sticking.


Exercise 1

A triple paradiddle in standard sticking as eighth note triplets.

A triple paradiddle in standard sticking.

Exercise 2

A triple paradiddle in reverse sticking as eighth note triplets.

A triple paradiddle in reverse sticking.

Exercise 3

A triple paradiddle in standard sticking as sextuplets.

A triple paradiddle in standard sticking.

Exercise 4

A triple paradiddle in reverse sticking as sextuplets.

A triple paradiddle in reverse sticking.

TASK

  1. Using the 2 minute rule, get all 3 exercises up to a tempo of 120bpm.
  2. Try adding crotchet and quaver feet patterns to the sextuplet rhythm.
  3. Experient with various orchestration ideas for each exercise.

Up Next

I recomend covering our lesson on Adding Feet As Crotchets under a triple paradiddle next.