Accent Placement (Double Paradiddle Fill)

Place accents at various points through a double paradiddle then orchestrate when constructing fills.

For this Double Paradiddle fill you will be using accents to spice up a simple orchestration. The fill is played mostly on the snare with a couple of floor toms added in.

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 4

The fill looks like this:

Fill 2

Fill 4

Remember, the smaller note heads on the snare are Ghost Notes. Be careful with the accents, make sure they are loud enough to be distinct.

TASK

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

Adding Groove

Now add groove to the first two beats. 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 4 with groove

Grooved Version 2

Fill 4 with groove

Grooved Version 3

Fill 4 with groove

TASK

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

Ideas For Adding Feet

For this fill you can take two approaches to altering the feet. First you can treat it in a similar way to 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 note kicks 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 4 with feet

Foot Variation 2

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

Fill 4 with feet

Foot Variation 3

In this example you are using quavers to keep time. Alternating kicks and hi hats are shown but any other form of orchestration will work just as well.

Fill 4 with feet

Foot Variation 4

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

Fill 4 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 4 with feet

Full Bar Variation 2

Here you again start with the fill above and end on an orchestrated version of it.

A full bar version of Fill 4 with feet

Full Bar Variation 3

In this version Double Paradiddle Fill 2 is used for the first half of the bar.

A full bar version of Fill 4 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.