By Mike Cosgrove
Originally published in DRUM! Magazine’s September 2006
One of the best ways to challenge your technique is to play paradiddles in as many ways possible. Ex. 1 is a standard paradiddle pattern, and Exs. 2–4 shift the starting note by one beat. For an added workout, the accents also change halfway through each bar. As always, use a metronome, and keep time by tapping your foot on the floor, hi-hat, or bass drum. Also try practicing these exercises on a pillow to build strength in your hands. Good luck!