Rudiment Workout: 22-06-2018 (1 Bar Double Paradiddle)

A four step rudiment challenge based on a two bar inverted paradiddle in 4/4.

In this lesson you will be learning an exercise that involves gradually adding things to an double paradiddle, 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.

In this exercise multi limb co-ordination will be pushed with the addition of feet and orchestration, you can work on general speed by using the two minute rule to push tempo, stick control and height are challenged with the addition of accents, stamina can be improved by repeating the part over and over and accuracy is focused on in the last step when some notes are moved to different parts of the kit.

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 10.9MB.

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 Double Paradiddle played as sixteenth note triplets over one bar. This is a bit of a cop out as it is exactly the same as the introductory lesson up on the site! Ensure all notes are played at the same dynamic level and your rhythm is constant. Use the MP3 provided to help with this.

The double paradiddle played over one bar.

Step 2

There are two different Accent placements applied here. In the first half the first and third notes of the block of six are accented, the second block of six will be the exact reverse of the first. For the second half of the bar all single strokes are accented.

Adding accents.

Step 3

Quarter notes are played on the left foot hi hat pedal whilst the bass drum copies the rhythm of the accents in the first half of the bar. The bass drum is used as an ostinato under the whole bar and has an almost Swing Time feel to it.

Adding feet,

Step 4

In the first half of the bar, orchestrated the accented notes to the floor tom and hi tom. In the second half of the bar do the same but with the standard notes.


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.