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!


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