If you are a beginner, you are probably asking yourself: What in the world is a paradiddle? Well don’t worry you are not alone! A paradiddle is classified as a rudiment. Rudiments are certain sticking patterns that are most commonly used in the context of drum line and marching band. In this case, the sticking pattern for a paradiddle is alternating between R L R R and L R L L. R= your right hand and L= your left hand.
So how can paradiddles benefit your drumming around the drum set? In so many ways! Adding paradiddles in your drum beats and in your fills can really spice up your drumming. If you are anything like me, then you know how easy it is to fall into the pattern of making all of your fills and beats the same patterns. But if you start throwing in paradiddles, your playing will start to sound way more advanced and complex!
My favorite part about paradiddles is that you can play them in so many different ways! There are endless possibilities of where you can place the pattern of R L R R. And if you get bored of that, you can start to accent the paradiddles in different places. Again, there are so many possibilities!
If you have any questions regarding paradiddles, please leave them in the comment section below!