This lessons follows on from our Double Paradiddle Played With Each Hand On A Different Drum lesson. It will be much easier to follow if you are familiar with the content from that lesson. It follows a similar concept to the Moving Quarters lesson.
In this double paradiddle orchestration concept all notes will be played on the snare with the exception of those that fall as a double. These notes will be orchestrated around various parts of the kit in various different movements. Because of the way the double paradiddle sticking works, the hand that playsthe double stroke will switch each time. This exercise is great for getting your hands moving around the kit quickly and is also quite a nice fill construction idea.
In lessons on the standard paradiddle and triplet I discuss that a key feature of rudiments such as these is that the leading hand switches on each beat. This is very useful for freeing up the left hand to use parts of the kit that would otherwise be uncomfortable to play. This applies to the double paradiddle too.
Remember, you hands will always be playing a double paradiddle in all exercises on this page. 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.
- Using the 2 minute rule, get all exercises up to a tempo of at least 125bpm.
- Create your own orchestrations using this concept. Write down at least 2 of these.
- Experiment with various different feet patterns in each exercise.