This is a workout that's designed to help you improve your ability to place two accents anywhere within a given sticking pattern. The pattern I'm using is a rudiment known as the single paradiddle and we will be permutating double accents throughout each single paradiddle. If you missed last month's lesson where we permutated a single accent across the single paradiddle, practice that one before working on this. This permutation is also known as a grid. Let's check out the written notation and then the video demonstration.Video Lesson
Notice how both of the accents stand out clearly without affecting the sound of the unaccented notes in the paradiddle. The two distinct sound levels is what makes the difference between the amateur and the professional drummer. Practice slowly at first and gradually gain speed but never play beyond the point where you can maintain control of each note including the distinction between the two different dynamic levels.
Once you can perform the written exercise cleanly and up to speed, work on it again with the sticking reversed. If you find you're having trouble playing the accents cleanly and without getting tense, refer to my Web site at www.TensionFreeDrumming.com
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Until next time: Have fun and stay loose!