Rudiment Workout: 15-02-2019 (4 Bar Inverted Paradiddle In 5/8)

A four step rudiment challenge based on four bars of inverted paradiddle in 5/8.

In this lesson you will be learning an exercise that involves playing an inverted paradiddle in the time signature of 5/8 over four bars with feet, accents and orchestrations added. As the rudiment doesn't naturally fit in this time signature, a syncopated pattern is created. There are four steps in building up to the full part, I recommend you learn these individually before putting the whole thing together.

In this exercise multi limb co-ordination will be challenged with the addition of feet and orchestration, you can work on general speed by using the two minute rule to push tempo, stick control and height are challenged with the addition of accents, stamina can be improved by repeating the part over and over, accuracy is focused on in the last step when some notes are moved to different parts of the kit and your focus and concentration will be tested with the switch in sticking.

Each step is shown individually first of all with a quick note on what is going on. At the bottom of the page I discuss how to put these steps together to create the full exercise.

A PDF version is also available. In this the exercise is presented in a similar way but with counting and sticking added to all parts and the final long exercise is notated in full. MP3 files of each exercise are provided at a mixture of tempos and an alternate version of steps 3 and 4 are also given. You purchase this for just $1.50 by clicking the button below.

NOTE: this download is 13MB.

When learning the parts, take your time and ensure timing and note placement are perfect before working on combining parts or pushing the tempo. An area of specific focus is discussed for each step and links to any useful lessons are provided also. At the bottom of the page you will find a list of suggested target tempos.

Step 1

An Inverted Paradiddle played in the Time Signature Of 5/8. Notice how the start of each occurrence of the rudiment doesn't line up with the start of the bar? That's because you are playing a rudiment that fills four quavers in a bar where five quaver groupings are implied. This can be really difficult to get your head around and I am going to further emphasize this timing mismatch in the following steps. For now, play the part a long to a metronome paying particular attention to how the rudiment falls in relation to the start of each bar.

A four bar inverted paradiddle in 5/8.

Step 2

Rather than accenting within the 5 note groupings suggested by the time signature, I have gone with the four note phrasing of the rudiment and accented every fourth sixteenth note. It is important with this style of part that you keep track of where you are in the 5/8 bar and the metronome is very useful for this. Note that bars 1-2 and bars 3-4 sound identical but the later has the reverse sticking of the former.

Adding accents.

Step 3

The left foot keeps an eighth note count on the hi hat pedal whilst the right re-enforces the syncopated accents. That eighth note count will help latch the part into the 5/8 feel.

Adding feet,

Step 4

All standard notes have now been switched to ghost notes whilst all accents are orchestrated on toms and snares in a melodic pattern.


Full Exercise

To create the full exercise you are going to play all four steps from above one after the other. The amount of time you stay on each step is entirely up to you. It could be a set number of bars (eighth or sixteenth work well in that case) or a rough time limit such as a minute per step. Play along with a metronome and when you have reached the end of the last step increase the tempo. However, if you mess up at any point you should start over completely, as you would in the Two Minute Rule. If you consistently mess up at the same point, go back to playing that step on its own. You could easily kill an hour or longer working through the full exercise and your playing would benefit massively.