Rudiment Workout: 26-07-2019 (1 Bar Dragadiddle)

A four step rudiment challenge where the paradiddle and drag are combined.

In this lesson you will be learning an exercise based on the hybrid 'Dragadiddle' rudiment, the purpose of which is to improve multiple aspects of your drumming in one exercise. There are four steps in building up to the full part, I recommend you learn these individually before putting the whole thing together.

This exercise is a little more complicated as you will need to concentrate on keeping two rudiments going on different sets of limbs at the same time. This is great for improving your independence whilst working on all other aspects of your drumming at the same time.

Each step is shown individually first of all with a quick note on what is going on. At the bottom of the page I discuss how to put these steps together to create the full exercise.

A PDF version is also available. In this the exercise is presented in a similar way but with counting and sticking added to all parts and the final long exercise is notated in full. MP3 files of each exercise are provided at a mixture of tempos and an alternate version of steps 3 and 4 are also given. You purchase this for just $1.50 by clicking the button below.

NOTE: this download is 9.2MB.

When learning the parts, take your time and ensure timing and note placement are perfect before working on combining parts or pushing the tempo. An area of specific focus is discussed for each step and links to any useful lessons are provided also. At the bottom of the page you will find a list of suggested target tempos.

Step 1

A bar of sixteenth note Dragadiddle. Details on this rudiment are given in the link below but it is essentially a Paradiddle with double stroke Grace Notes added on every quarter note. I strongly recommend starting this out at a really low tempo while you get comfortable with note placement.

A dragadiddle played on the hands.

Step 2

Minimal accents are added but the part is still tough. There are three levels of dynamics here: grace notes, standard strokes and accents. Ensure each of those is distinctly different from the other whilst maintaining good technique.

Adding accents.

Step 3

The left foot plays eighth notes on the hi hat pedal whilst the right uses an offbeat sixteenth style movement. This will challenge both stamina and co ordination.

Adding feet,

Step 4

All standard notes are now played on the high tom with grace notes and accents on the snare.


Full Exercise

To create the full exercise you are going to play all four steps from above one after the other. The amount of time you stay on each step is entirely up to you. It could be a set number of bars (eighth or sixteenth work well in that case) or a rough time limit such as a minute per step. Play along with a metronome and when you have reached the end of the last step increase the tempo. However, if you mess up at any point you should start over completely, as you would in the Two Minute Rule. If you consistently mess up at the same point, go back to playing that step on its own. You could easily kill an hour or longer working through the full exercise and your playing would benefit massively.