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single paradiddle


A standard drum rudiment in the category of diddle rudiments. A single paradiddle (also known as paradiddle) is a special sticking pattern that alternates between left and right hand strokes to perform the rhythm. It is characterized by the use of a double stroke, or the use of two strokes with one drumstick among the other strokes that normally alternate drumsticks. It is one of the standard drum rudiments that are usually first taught while learning how to play the snare drum and later applied to the whole drum kit especially during fills. The sticking pattern shown below is the accepted method of performingsingle paradiddle (or paradiddle). There are three variations on the single paradiddle. The sticking patterns are written where "L" represents the left hand stroke and "R" the right hand stroke.
See more about diddle rudiments in the Appendix.

Variations of Single Paradiddle

Single paradiddle: R-L-R-R  L-R-L-L
Reverse single paradiddle: R-R-L-R  L-L-R-L
Inward single (or 'inverted') paradiddle: R-L-L-R  L-R-R-L
Outward single paradiddle: R-L-R-L  L-R-L-R



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