Have you ever heard of the Single Paradiddle Rudiment?
Here are 4 easy exercises which will help you develop this great drum rudiment. Ideal for beginner drummers and for all who need some inspiration for their daily drumming routine.
The single paradiddle is one of the 40 DRUM RUDIMENTS, which is – so to say – the drummer's alphabet.
Most drummers only practice the very basic version of this versatile and flexible drum rudiment, which is RLRR LRLL.
Still, there are 3 more options (at least) which I will show you in this video.
HOW TO EXERCISE THE SINGLE PARADIDDLE RUDIMENT:
🥁 First, you should start with the very first version which is RLRR LRLL. Later on you should try to accent the very first note like this:
Rlrr Lrll, whereas the capital letter means an accent.
🥁 The second version of the single paradiddle rudiment is the inverted paradiddle: Rllr Lrrl.
Start at a very slow tempo and increase it bit by bit. The most important thing to aim for is control and evenness of your strokes.
🥁 The third version starts with the double stroke at the beginning of the drum rudiment: Rrll Llrr - this is a very challenging exercises - in particular at higher tempos. Why? Because you have an accented stroke on the 1st note of the double whereas the second note of the double stroke needs to be as quiet as possible. Again, start at a very slow tempo and increase it step by step.
🥁 The 4th version of the single stroke rudiment is the following:
As you can see, the 2nd note of the double stroke needs to be accented, which is - again - super challenging!
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