The Paradiddle Diddle With Each Hand On A Different Drum

A very straight forward orchestration of the paradiddle diddle designed to give the rudiment a 'melody'. A very useful lesson if you are struggling with the rudiment.

This lessons follows on from our Paradiddle Diddle Sticking lesson. It will be much easier to follow if you are familiar with the content from that lesson. It is also follows the same concept as our lessons using the Single Stroke Roll, Double Stroke Roll and Paradiddle.

In this first orchestration concept each hand will just play a different drum. For example, in the first exercise the right hand plays the floor tom and the left hand plays the high tom. I discussed in the previous lessons using this orchestration idea that this is a great way to help learn a rudiment as it gives it a melody and this is particularly true of all paradiddle rudiments.

Remember, you hands will always be playing a paradiddle diddle in all exercises on this page. In the later exercises the orchestration switches at various points in the bar. I have included feet in all exercises, it may be worth removing them whilst you are learning the orchestration then adding them back in later. Experiment with using different feet patterns from our previous lessons.


Exercise 1

Paradiddle diddle with each hand playing a different drum

Exercise 2

Paradiddle diddle with each hand playing a different drum

Exercise 3

Paradiddle diddle with each hand playing a different drum

Exercise 4

Paradiddle diddle with each hand playing a different drum

Exercise 5

Paradiddle diddle with each hand playing a different drum

Exercise 6

Paradiddle diddle with each hand playing a different drum

TASKS

  1. Using the 2 minute rule, get all exercises up to a tempo of at least 125bpm.
  2. Create your own orchestrations using this concept. Write down at least 2 of these.
  3. Experiment with various different feet patterns in each exercise.