The Dragadiddle Orchestrated In Four Note Groupings With Grace Notes On The Snare

An orchestration of the Dragadiddle that moves around the kit in a set pattern.

In this Dragadiddle orchestration concept you will be playing the rudiment as straight sixteenth notes that move around the kit in blocks of four notes. At the same time as this is happening, the grace notes will always stay planted on the snare. Take your time with each exercise and only start pushing up the tempo when you are comfortable with the movements. The two minute rule (linked below) is particularly useful for exercises like this.

Remember, you hands will always be playing a Dragadiddle in all exercises on this page. I have included feet in all exercises, it may be worth removing them whilst you are learning the orchestration then adding them back in later. Experiment with using different feet patterns from our previous lessons.

At the bottom of the page you will find a collection of links to lessons you may find helpful whilst learning these exercises.


Exercise 1

Dragadiddle moving in blocks of four


Exercise 2

Dragadiddle moving in blocks of four


Exercise 3

Dragadiddle moving in blocks of four


Exercise 4

Dragadiddle moving in blocks of four


Exercise 5

Dragadiddle moving in blocks of four


Exercise 6

Dragadiddle moving in blocks of four


TASKS

  • Using the 2 minute rule, get all exercises up to a tempo of at least 120bpm with good hand technique.
  • Create your own feet patterns for the exercises.
  • Play all 6 exercises as a continuous 6 bar pattern, then repeat.
  • Experiment with using the given parts as fills.