Rudiment Workout: 09-08-2019 (Paradiddle Hands Double Stroke Feet)

A four step rudiment challenge based on a paradiddle played on the hands whilst doubles are played on the bass drum.

In this lesson you will be learning an exercise where a paradiddle is played on the hands whilst the feet play in a double stroke roll movement, 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 8.1MB.

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 Paradiddle played as sixteenth notes. Take this opportunity to have a look at your hand technique and make sure it is accurate. All notes should be played at an even dynamic level.

A paradiddle played on the hands.

Step 2

Two different accent concepts are applied. The first half of the bar has a standard quarter note accent movement which switches to an '+a 4' style rhythm in the second. Focus here on making those accents really stand out from the standard strokes.

Adding accents.

Step 3

The feet are going to play a sixteenth note double stroke roll on a double kick pedal. This is quite a tricky movement so focus on lining up the appropriate limbs.

Adding feet,

Step 4

All accented notes are played on the snare whilst standard notes move around the toms in a melodic fashion.


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.