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The Paradiddle In 6/8 - Conclusion

The exercises presented in this lesson will help improve your understanding of translating rudiments into un natural timing. The syncopated patterns shown in the accents and orchestrations will create some great sounding fills and there are many other ideas we haven't discussed yet.

Things To Think About

  • What other feet patterns could you create?
  • What about playing the paradiddle as different note values?
  • What other orchestration patterns could you use other than those given?
  • What other feet patterns could be created?
  • What other time signatures could you play the paradiddle in?

Listed below are several ideas for orchestrating the paradiddle when in 6/8. Use these as exercises to familiarize you further with the mechanics of playing this rudiment in this time signature. Additional lessons with ideas for applying to grooves and fills will be given later.


Exercise 1

Split the hands between two drums as eighth notes.

Orchestrating a paradiddle in 6/8


Exercise 2

A four bar roll around the kit as eighth notes.

Orchestrating a paradiddle in 6/8


Exercise 3

Playing the first note of each paradiddle on a tom as eighth notes.

Orchestrating a paradiddle in 6/8


Exercise 4

Split the hands between two drums as sixteenth notes.

Orchestrating a paradiddle in 6/8


Exercise 5

Play the dotted crotchets on crashes as sixteenth notes.

Orchestrating a paradiddle in 6/8


Exercise 6

Playing the doubles on toms and singles on snares as sixteenth notes.

Orchestrating a paradiddle in 6/8


TASKS

  1. Using the 2 minute rule, get exercise 1 up to a tempo of 135bpm and exercise 2 to a tempo of 110bpm.
  2. Add feet patterns to the exercises.
  3. Play all 3 exercises as a continuous 3 bar pattern, then repeat.

The Paradiddle In 6/8 - Accents

Listed below are a few ideas for adding accents in the paradiddle when playing in 6/8.


Exercise 1

Accenting '1' and '4' as eighth notes.

Adding accents to the paradiddle in 6/8


Exercise 2

Accenting '1' and '4' as sixteenth notes.

Adding accents to the paradiddle in 6/8


Exercise 3

Accenting the double strokes as eighth notes.

Adding accents to the paradiddle in 6/8


Exercise 4

Accenting the double strokes as sixteenth notes.

Adding accents to the paradiddle in 6/8


Exercise 5

Accent select beats of the bar as eighth notes.

Adding accents to the paradiddle in 6/8


Exercise 6

Accent select beats of the bar as sixteenth notes.

Adding accents to the paradiddle in 6/8


TASKS

  1. Using the 2 minute rule, get exercise 1 up to a tempo of 135bpm and exercise 2 to a tempo of 110bpm.
  2. Add feet patterns to the exercises.
  3. Play all exercises as a continuous pattern, then repeat.

The Paradiddle In 6/8 - Adding Feet

Listed below are various examples of adding feet to the paradiddle when played in 6/8. Remember to use reverse sticking as well as standard. A combination of ideas have been used, some follow the natural phrasing of 6/8 whilst others follow the common time grouping of the paradiddle.


Exercise 1

Adding feet under a paradiddle in 6/8


Exercise 2

Adding feet under a paradiddle in 6/8


Exercise 3

Adding feet under a paradiddle in 6/8


Exercise 4

Adding feet under a paradiddle in 6/8


Exercise 5

Adding feet under a paradiddle in 6/8


Exercise 6

Adding feet under a paradiddle in 6/8


TASKS

  1. Using the 2 minute rule, get exercise 1 up to a tempo of 135bpm and exercise 2 to a tempo of 110bpm.
  2. Use both standard and reverse with all exercises.
  3. Create your own feet patterns for the exercises.
  4. Play all 6 exercises as a continuous pattern, then repeat.