Can you ever have enough chops vocabulary? I don’t suppose I’ll ever know as I keep questing for more. And this month’s column is a collection of stickings that I already know and love but I’m delivering in a new exercise that I have been having fun with. It’s good for your hands’ chop vocabulary, so treat both hands equally. Measures 1 and 2 contain paradiddle-diddles and double paradiddles. The following two measures contain the 5-note paradiddle-tap and a single paradiddle. Measures 5 and 6 are all single paradiddles. And the last two are filled with a three-note pattern I call “bugada” (RLL or LRR).
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