Applying Paradiddles To Your Beats And Fills

By October 13, 2013Drum Lessons


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!


  • d prues says:

    Hi, I really like the sound of your drums! It looks like you’re using a lot of gels? What is your microphone setup like? The reverb sounds good too!

    • Gabe Helguera says:

      Hello! Thanks so much! Instead of gels I just use gaff tape, specifically on my snare drum. I use a shure sm57 on my snare drum and on the toms as well. Everything else are just random vocal mics that I borrowed from friends. So glad that you like the video!

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