EXERCISE #8: “PARADIDDLES”
This exercise works on accented Paradiddle-diddles and Paradiddles.
• Employ the same techniques as “Accent Tap.” On the lead hand in Paradiddle-diddles, start with full height accent stroke, freeze the stick close to the drum and play a relaxed double stroke. Listen for the quality and consistency of sound of the soft notes between the accents, making sure that you’re producing a quality sound out of the drum on every stroke.
• Do not overplay the accented notes or add unnecessary tension in the hand or fulcrum, especially on Paradiddle-diddles. Simply play a full height stroke as you would in consecutive rebound strokes.
• On Single Paradiddles, make sure that the accents match in height and volume from hand to hand.
• Practice at a slow tempo along with the play-along video or tracks. Each of the soft strokes (including the doubles) will be made with the wrist. As you speed up, the doubles become more relaxed – but always strive for consistency of sound in every stroke.
• Right handed players may need to work on Paradiddle-diddles that lead with the left. These are much less common in music, but just as important to work on as the right hand lead.
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