I’ve been known to preach the paradiddle, especially in my recent columns. And if you’ve read those columns you’ll know that it’s not just because I love that little sticking pattern, but because I love the abilities it gives me. I spend a lot of time experimenting with these patterns all over the kit using all four limbs. This column will introduce you to what I call the “paradiddle family.” It contains the basic paradiddles, some accepted hybrids, as well as some I’ve stumbled upon all by myself. Exs. 1—4 are the standard-issue paradidlles: single, double, triple, and the paradiddle-diddle. Ex. 5 is a double paradiddle-diddle. Exs. 6—8 are paradiddle-taps: single, double, and triple, respectively. Exs. 9 and 10 are single and double pardiddle-diddle taps. But whatever you call them, they provide a great vocabulary for your hands. So get to it!
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