Rudiment Workout: 25-01-2019 (Two Bar Paradiddle)

A four step rudiment challenge based on a two bar paradiddle movement.

In this lesson pack you will be learning an exercise that involves gradually adding things to a sixteenth note paradiddle played over two bars, 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. This set of exercises is particularly useful for building up your weaker hand due to the alternating nature of the triplet sticking.

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. This lesson is considered a sample of our premium download packs and can be downloaded for free on the link below.

NOTE: this download is 9.8MB.

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

You'll start out with two bars of Paradiddle played as sixteenth notes. This will hopefully be familiar so focus on making sure all strokes are played at an even dynamic level. The best way to build this up is by using the Two Minute Rule.

The paradiddle played over two bars.

Step 2

In the first bar accent all Numbered Counts. In the second, accent all Double Strokes. Note that the hand that plays the accents alternates each beat. Focus on making these accents really stand out from the standard strokes paying particular attention to the left hand.

Adding accents.

Step 3

Rather than providing a rhythm that compliments the accents by falling on quarter or eighth notes, a syncopated sixteenth note pattern is applied. In the first bar this is a fairly standard '333322' Style Pattern with the second bar using the same idea but delayed by an eighth note.

Adding feet,

Step 4

The part is orchestrated by moving the accents over floor tom, high tom, mid tom then high tom again. This is a fairly standard movement but watch the double strokes on the toms.


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.