using the double paradiddle
Creating a groove and fill
The double paradiddle is a fun rudiment to experiment with on the kit. It’s an alternating rudiment and felt as 16th-note
triplets. It takes half a bar to get through and there are plenty of grooves and fills that are possible using it. As with any rudiment or sticking-based lesson, spend some time getting familiar with the pattern on a practice pad with a metronome before trying it on the kit.
Exercise 2 is a groove which is pretty busy. To start with play a kick on ‘1’ and ‘3’ and snare accent on ‘2’ and 4’.‘ Once you are comfortable with this, try different kick patterns. You can also come up with some pretty interesting variations with different accents on the right hand, especially when playing the groove on the ride. Ex. 3 is a fill, the right hand moves between the high and low toms on beats three and four. The nice thing about this is, with the snare on beat 4 you can still land the backbeat with the left hand, which helps keep the groove going. That being said, make sure to change up the fill and get that left hand moving round the kit as well.