Preaching The Paradiddle
By Wally Schnalle Originally Published In DRUM! Magazine's May 2010 Issue
In my continuing effort to preach the paradiddle, that worthy little combination of some of drumming’s most basic elements, I offer here the basic paradiddle and its inversions with a basic bossa nova—like foot pattern. The goal here is not just to learn these hand patterns, but also to make strong hand-foot connections. That way, in the midst of improvising, you’ll have access to these combinations in a comfortable and accurate way. So make sure there is no flamming between the feet and hands as you practice the patterns. It’s also helpful to turn the snares off to more clearly hear the accuracy of your limb alignment and the definition of your strokes.