Libor’s Independence Lesson: Paradiddle-izing The Tables Of Time

Libor's Independence Lesson: Paradiddle-izing The Tables Of Time

Libor Hadrava

I am pretty sure that most of you are familiar with The Table Of Time Most likely you have played through using alternating sticking, leading with the weaker hand and possibly even using double stroke roll.

Doubling On The Table Of Time

The first time I played The Table Of Time using doubles I noticed this great feeling, almost as if this method somehow sharpened and fine-tuned my hearing. It felt great and different on so many levels than using RLRL sticking. I could easily focus and listen to the sound of each subdivision like I wasn’t even playing it. I was able to quickly improve my timing and sense of odd subdivisions.

I experimented a bit more and moved over to paradiddle sticking (two single strokes followed by a double stroke) and yet again the results improved dramatically. It seems to me that when you play through The Table Of Time using alternate sticking it is a lot harder at first to separate the muscle motion from the audio that you are producing and hearing. It is as if they were inseparable.

Just like anything that’s worthwhile it won’t be easy at first but eventually you will be able to step up your sticking independence to the next level. It is like having a rhythmical ear-training class that will improve your sense of time and feel for subdivisions.

Let’s Tackle It

Before we can comfortably play through The Table Of Time using paradiddles it is very important that we start with something a bit more comfortable.

We are going to focus on each transition one by one before putting them all together.

Start by playing through each of them using alternate sticking so your ears get very comfortable with the sound of the two neighboring subdivisions. Then switch over to paradiddle sticking (remember the sound you are hearing should not change!) and play one time through the transition and return to alternating sticking. Next step is to play trough two times, then three……etc. until you can easily play the two measure phrases using paradiddles. Have fun !

Ex. 1. Eighth-notes to eighth-note triplets

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Ex. 2. Eighth-note triplets to sixteenth-notes

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Ex. 3. Sixteenth-notes to sixteenth-note quintuplets

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Ex. 4. Sixteenth-note quintuplets to sixteenth-note sextuplets

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Ex. 5. Sixteenth-note sextuplets to sixteenth-note-septuplets

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Ex. 6. Sixteenth-note sextuplets to thirty-second-notes

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Great, now try playing all the way without stopping.