Expanding The Paradiddle-Tap

Wally Schnalle
Originally published in DRUM! Magazine’s December 2005 Issue

In previous columns, we’ve played with the pardiddle-tap sticking in jazz and paradiddle modulation exercises. Here we use the pardiddle-tap sticking to create “lick” vocabulary. First, we explore the pardiddle-tap in quintuplet usage and then accelerate that up to thirty-second notes through the addition of bass drum strokes. Note that the last example uses double bass to execute the 3-note pattern. Also note that I’ve added an additional accent on the left hand. This just adds a little dynamic interest. I’ve also given each pattern four possible orchestrations, but as usual explore and find your own.

DRUM! Notation Guide

DRUM! Music Editor Wally Schnalle is a drummer, composer, and teacher based in the San Francisco bay area, and has performed with Eddie Gale, Ernie Watts, and the San Jose Symphony Orchestra. itrhymes.com

Please log in to comment.

Commenting is currently only available to the DRUM! community. Sign up today!.

  • It would have been nice for a demo video to go with this.