Here’s a way to open up new rhythmic and melodic possibilities with the use of an odd-numbered sticking pattern. One way to do that is to explore the double paradiddle tap (RLRLRRL or LRLRLLR) and play it using an eighth-note-triplet subdivision. You can see in Exs. 1—3 that the pattern fits three times in two measures, leaving three notes at the end that are played RLR. Flip over to left lead to start the pattern over again and vice versa. Exs. 2 and 3 are starter orchestrations, but don’t stop there. Try coming up with your own patterns by using other note values.
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