Basic Paradiddle Groove

Build some 16 beat style grooves using the paradiddle as a basis rather than a single stroke roll.

In this lesson you will be creating some patterns similar to the 16 Beat. The difference this time is that the basis of the groove will now be a Paradiddle rather than a single stroke roll and the hands will be split between the ride cymbal and hi hat.

A similar pattern has been covered in an earlier orchestration exercise. Look back at exercises 1 and 2 from this page. What you are doing is playing a paradidddle between the ride and hi hat. In exercise 1 of the previous orchestration you had 8th notes played on the bass drum. In exercise 2 you added in some snares and toms. I'll take it back a notch here though and build the groove a step at a time.

In later lessons you will be creating more complex versions of this groove by adding in additional snares, accents and alternating the orchestration. For now the intention is to improve your paradiddles whilst creating a cool, useable pattern.


The Ride and Hi Hat

The cymbal part for this groove is shown below. It looks more complicated than it is, it's just a paradiddle played with the right hand on the ride and the left hand on the hi hat:

The cymbal part for a paradiddle groove

TASK

  1. Play this pattern as written until you can comfortably play it at around 110bpm. Use the Two Minute Rule if necessary.

Adding Snares

Next add the snare drum in on beats 2 and 4. Both of these will be played with the left hand. This is shown below:

Adding the snare to a paradiddle groove

TASK

  1. Play this pattern as written until you can comfortably play it at around 110bpm. Again, use the two minute rule if necessary.

Full Groove Examples

Then you can just add kicks in wherever you like and you have a basic paradiddle groove. Some examples are shown below. I have stuck to using level 0 Basic Groove style patterns to avoid the parts getting too complicated.

Example 1

A full paradiddle groove


Example 2

A full paradiddle groove


Example 3

A full paradiddle groove


Example 4

A full paradiddle groove


Example 5

A full paradiddle groove


TASKS

  1. Learn the 5 grooves given above. Aim for a tempo of around 120bpm.
  2. Experiment with varying the orchestration.