In this lesson I will show you a simple orchestration of the Inverted Paradiddle that orginally used ride and hi hat cymbals. It will be very beneficial to have covered this lesson first as all examples on this page are just variations on those grooves. You can find a link to this, and other useful lessons at the bottom of the page. The finished patterns will sound quite complicated as the toms will create an almost melodic feel to the grooves. In later lessons I will show how you can combine the two ideas to create even more complicated patterns.
I'll start by showing you just the hands for these groove patterns. All it is is a simple 'one hand on each drum' orchestration where the right is based on the floor tom and the left the high tom. When you hit a back beat the left hand will move over from the high tom to the snare. All with an inverted paradiddle sticking, obviously.
Full Groove Examples
Adding kicks will be very similar to the previous lesson. I won't give anything too complex here, just simple eighth and quarter note style patterns. In later lessons you will learn about sixteenth note kick and snare placement as well as other more complex ideas.
- Learn the 5 grooves given above. Aim for a tempo of around 120bpm.
- Experiment with varying the orchestration.
- Add a left foot count to the part.
- Create your own kick parts based the given ideas.