Double Paradiddle Groove Style Fill

Using a groove style pattern played between the ride and snare as a fill.

For this Double Paradiddle fill you will be emulating a groove by accenting the back beat and making use of ghost notes to create a very busy sounding part. In these examples the right hand will be shown on the ride, closed hi hats work just as well though. As this fill is quite busy it is preferable to have the right hand play something with a clear sound, so open hi hats and crashes might end up drowning out the part.

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. The part you are playing is very similar to the pattern shown in our Double Paradiddle Groove lesson.

Lesson Contents


Double Paradiddle Fill 2

This fill is half a bar long and makes use of an accent on the back beat (beat 4 in this case) and ghost notes on all other snares. The right hand always stays on the ride and the left always on the snare. It looks like this:

Fill 2

Fill 2

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. For this kind of fill the notation is altered slightly, both hands are written in the top voice and the feet in the bottom voice.

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 2 with groove

Grooved Version 2

Fill 2 with groove

Grooved Version 3

A half time version

Fill 2 with groove

TASK

  • Spend time getting these patterns up to a tempo of at least 90bpm.
  • Try using a closed hi hat instead of the ride cymbal.

Ideas For Adding Feet

For this fill you can take two approaches to altering the feet. First you can treat it as a groove and create rhythmic patterns. Or alternatively you can use the feet to keep time. The groove has been excluded again in these examples, create your own patterns to complete the bar.

Foot Variation 1

Here you are using two eighth notes on the kick to create a groove style pattern. Experiment with different eight note placements to create different groove style patterns. 16th note kicks can also be used but are far more difficult to apply.

Fill 2 with feet

Foot Variation 2

We have a similar idea here with quarter notes added on the left foot to keep time.

Fill 2 with feet

Foot Variation 3

In this example you are using quavers to keep time. Left foot hi hats are shown but straight kicks or alternating between both feet work just as well.

Fill 2 with feet

Foot Variation 4

Here you are playing eigth note triplets on the kick drum to create a slightly off time sound.

Fill 2 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 version you start with the fill above and finish on a single stroke roll as sextuplets. Feet have been included.

A full bar version of Fill 2


Full Bar Variation 2

Here you are mixing up the orchestration in the second half of the bar.

A full bar version of Fill 2


Full Bar Variation 3

This time you are adding extra accented snares.

A full bar version of Fill 2



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.