Sticking For The Double Paradiddle In 6/8

Switching the sticking over to the more natural time signature of 6/8.

In this double paradiddle lesson you will swith the time signature of the basic rudiment from 4/4 to 6/8. In 4/4 you played this as both eighth note triplets and sextuplets to force the six note grouping to fit within the four note blocks of the time signature. This is unneccessary in 6/8 as the time signature is naturally using blocks of three and six. So, in the examples given below the sticking has been shown over eighth note sixteenths in 6/8. At the bottom of the page you will find links to lessons you may find useful when learning these parts.

Exercise 1

A double paradiddle as eighth notes in 6/8.

A double paradiddle in 6/8.

Exercise 2

A double paradiddle as sixteenth notes in 6/8.

A double paradiddle in 6/8.


  • Using the 2 minute rule, get all 3 exercises up to a tempo of 120bpm.
  • Try adding crotchet and quaver feet patterns to the sextuplet rhythm.
  • Experient with various orchestration ideas for each exercise.