Accenting 1 And 3 (Double Paradiddle Fill)

Construct a simple double paradiddle fill by throwing accents in on the first and third count of each group of six/

The fills in this lesson are all based on a Double Paradidle. There will be combinations of accents, feet and orchestrations so it will be very beneficial to work through our Double Paradiddle lessons collection first.

First you will be given the basic fill. You will then be given ideas for combining with groove, ideas for variation and finally an example piece.

Lesson Contents


Double Paradiddle Fill 1

This first fill is half a bar long and makes use of accents and ghost notes. It looks like this:

Fill 1

Fill 1

The smaller notes that you can see in this fill (first used on the second beat in) are Ghost Notes, the bracket has been removed to prevent the notation getting too cluttered. The '>' sign above some notes is anAccent.

TASK

  • Spend time getting this fill up to a tempo of at least 90bpm.

Adding Groove

Now fill up the rest of the bar up with groove. It doesn't matter what groove you use as long as it's only half a bars worth. Below are a couple of examples.

Grooved Version 1

Fill 1 with groove

Grooved Version 2

Fill 1 with groove

Grooved Version 3

A half time version

Fill 1 with groove

TASK

  • Spend time getting these patterns up to a tempo of at least 90bpm.

Ideas For Adding Feet

Listed below are some ideas for adding feet to the fill. The groove has been excluded again in these examples, create your own patterns to complete the bar.

Foot Variation 1

Here you are using crotchets. As well as adding an extra layer of sound to the fill this is also a great way to keep time. Kick drums have been used in the written example but try using the hi hat on the left feet also.

Fill 1 with feet

Foot Variation 2

We have a similar idea here but using eighth notes instead. Mix up the orchestration, constant kicks or constant hi hats are a very easy and common version.

Fill 1 with feet

Foot Variation 3

In this example you are highlighting the accents with a kick drum.

Fill 1 with feet

Foot Variation 4

Finally take the same pattern as above and count either eighth or quarter notes on the left foot. Eighth notes are shown in the notation below.

Fill 1 with feet

TASK

  • Spend time getting these patterns up to a tempo of at least 90bpm.

Extending To A Full Bar

In these fills the last half of the bar will be the original fill and the first half turns it into a full bar fill using various ideas. Three versions of this idea are listed below.

Full Bar Variation 1

In this fill you start with two sets of single stroke Sextuplets, starting softly and crescendoing up to moderately loud.

Fill 1 with feet

Full Bar Variation 2

Here you again using straight single stroke sextuplets in the first half of the bar but are imitating the accents from the first fill on the feet.

Fill 1 with feet

Full Bar Variation 3

For this fill you start by playing an accented 16th note snare pattern then break in to the original fill.

Fill 1 with feet

TASK

  • Spend time getting these patterns up to a tempo of at least 90bpm.

Example Piece

The short piece below includes various versions of the fill combined with different grooves. The sticking has been excluded in each fill so remember to use the double paradiddle.

An example piece using this fill.