Monthly Archives: November 2012

The Paradiddle-diddle

In percussion music, a rudiment is one of the basic patterns, or “sticking”, used in drumming. These patterns of drum strokes can be combined in many ways to create a unique sound. The second rudiment you will learn is the “paradiddle-diddle”.

A paradiddle is the basic rudiment every percussionist should know. It is the foundation to many other different rudiments including the paradiddle-diddle.  A “diddle” in percussion terms is when the stick bounces twice on the same hand. The paradiddle-diddle gets its name because it is basically a paradiddle but with an extra diddle at the end of the phrase. Paradiddle-diddles are extremely fun to play fast and can be used when playing marching percussion, concert percussion and on the drum set.

Check out the video below on how to play a Paradiddle-diddle!


Periphery and Djent Music.

Periphery is a heavy metal djent band from Baltimore, Maryland. Djent is a heavy metal movement that was developed as a spin-off of progressive metal. In djent music the predominant sound is the drum track. The band is consisted of only four members, Misha Mansoor, Matt Halpern, Spencer Sotelo, and Adam Getgood. Matt Halpern, the drummer, is widely known in the drum community for his progressive, rhythmic, and technical polyrhythms. A polyrhyhm is the simultaneous use of two or more conflicting rhythms in the same measure. Matt Halpern and Periphery have been major influences on my drumming career with their complex use of polyrhythms and melodies. If you have a chance you should check out the video below to fully understand the craftsmanship of the band Periphery.

Matt Halpern Explains Polyrhytms

Neil Peart: The Time Machine

Neil Peart is the drummer and lyricist for the rock band Rush. Peart has received numerous awards for his musical performances, and is known for his technical proficiency and stamina.

Different types of Percussion Instruments.

First we start off we a vibraslap, a vibraslap is a percussion instrument made of a stiff wire bent in a U shape connecting to a small wooden ball to a hollow wooden box with metal pins. The percussionist would hold the metal wire handle and strike the ball against their other hand.The wooden box acts as a resonating body for the metal pins making a rattling sound.

Next we have the cajón, the cajón is a box shaped percussion instrument originally from Peru, for playing the cajón the percussionist would slap his/her hand on the front face making a deep wooden sound.

Last we have the glockenspiel, the glockenspiel is a percussion instrument consisting of a set of tuned keys arranged in order as a piano. The glockenspiel is made of metal bars or tubes. The glockenspiel is usually smaller and higher pitched than a Xylophone.