Intro: How to Play a Paradiddle
It is an absolutely essential rudiment for any drummer that wants to expand their drumming possibilities. Here is the basic sticking pattern: As you can see above, the single paradiddle is a combination of single strokes and double strokes.
Step 1: Understand What a Paradiddle Is
Paradiddle -na quick succession of drumbeats slower than a roll and alternating left and rightnhand strokes in a typical L-R-L-L, R-L-R-R pattern
Step 2: Learn the Pattern
When You play the rudiment your hands go in a pattern of right left right right left right left left.
Step 3: Increase the Tempo of the Paradiddle
You wont just come out of the gates playing a paradiddle lighting fast. You have to practice and with repetition comes speed.
Step 4: What You Will Need
1. Drum Sticks
2. A playing surface Ex. A drum pad, a pillow, a phonebook.
3. The will to learn.