The Standard Paradiddle With Hands Of Different Drums

A very straight forward orchestration of the paradiddle designed to give the rudiment a 'melody'. A very useful lesson if you are struggling with the rudiment.

This lessons follows on from our Paradiddle Sticking lesson. It will be much easier to follow if you are familiar with the content from that lesson. It is also follows the same concept as our lessons using the Single Stroke Roll and Double Stroke Roll.

In this first paradiddle orchestration concept each hand will just play a different drum. For example, in the first exercise the right hand plays the floor tom and the left hand plays the high tom. I discussed in the previous lessons using this orchestration idea that this is a great way to help learn a rudiment as it gives it a melody and this is particularly true of the paradiddle.

Remember, you hands will always be playing a paradiddle in all exercises on this page. In the later exercises the orchestration switches at various points in the bar. 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.


Exercise 1

Paradiddle with each hand playing a different drum


Exercise 2

Paradiddle with each hand playing a different drum


Exercise 3

Paradiddle with each hand playing a different drum


Exercise 4

Paradiddle with each hand playing a different drum


Exercise 5

Paradiddle with each hand playing a different drum


Exercise 6

Paradiddle with each hand playing a different drum


TASKS

  1. Using the 2 minute rule, get all exercises up to a tempo of at least 125bpm.
  2. Create your own orchestrations using this concept. Write down at least 2 of these.
  3. Experiment with various different feet patterns in each exercise.