Mastering The Triple Paradiddle

paradiddle rudimentThe paradiddle is one of the most effective rudiments that any drummer can learn. The triple paradiddle may be difficult, but if mastered properly can be very effective indeed.

There are a few things that you should learn before jumping straight into the triple paradiddle. This will make the whole learning experience a lot easier, and will give you a better idea to utilize the rudiment effectively.

I’ll be taking you through the steps you should take in order to master the triple paradiddle. First we’ll begin with the basics, and then I’ll take you through practice regimes, and how to incorporate the triple paradiddle into beats and rhythms.

The First Steps

Before you start learning the triple paradiddle you should master the single paradiddle. Without knowing this stick technique the triple will not only sound poor, but will be very difficult to master in the first place.

The paradiddle uses the stick technique: R, L, R, R, L, R, L, L (reverse sticking for left handed players). When you can play this comfortably on the snare drum then try moving around the kit, not just on single drums, but on multiple drums. A good exercise is to play the left hand on the snare, and the right hand on the toms. This will increase your overall control of the drum kit.

The Double Paradiddle

This double is the next step you should take. This is very much the same as a single, the only difference is that you add in another two notes before you play the R,R or the L, L (also known as the diddle).

The stick technique is as follows: R, L, R, L, R, R, L, R, L, R, L, L. Again, once you have mastered this technique on the snare drum then try to move it around the drum kit using the same practice method as you would have on the single.

The Triple Paradiddle

The final step is the triple. Once you have mastered both the single and double then this technique should be very easy. The triple is exactly the same, apart from the fact that you add in another two notes on top of the double. The stick technique is: R, L, R, L, R, L, R, R, L, R, L, R, L, R, L, L. Try practicing this on multiple drums using the same method as before.

It’s always a good idea to practice the drum rudiments for at least five minutes per day. The more you learn the better your playing will become. The triple paradiddle is a great rudiment to learn and can sound decent as a fill, solo or even a drum beat.

Some drummers, like Steve Gadd use this stick technique on the hi-hats and snare drum with great effect. It can also be utilized in Latin American music if the drummer is using the toms.

Even if you don’t intend on playing these techniques it is still important to learn them. By mastering the drum rudiments you ill only improve your overall control and technique on the entire kit. This will make all aspects of your playing sound better.

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