Ride Bells And Ghost Notes (Double Paradiddle Fill)

A relatively simple orchestration of the rudiment that requires control over dynamics between the hands.

For this Double Paradiddle fill you will be creating a loud fill using the bell of the ride. Kicks are added to emphasize the accents further. Because the kicks are an integral part of this fill, feet variations won't be covered in this lesson.

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 5

The fill looks like this:

Fill 2

Fill 5

Remember, the smaller note heads on the snare are Ghost Notes. Be careful with the accents, make sure the ride bells are louder than the snares.

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 5 with groove

Grooved Version 2

Fill 5 with groove

Grooved Version 3

A half time version

Fill 5 with groove

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 5 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 5 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 5 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.