Expanding The Paradiddle-Tap

Wally Schnalle
Originally published in DRUM! Magazine’s December 2005 Issue

In previous columns, we’ve played with the pardiddle-tap sticking in jazz and paradiddle modulation exercises. Here we use the pardiddle-tap sticking to create “lick” vocabulary. First, we explore the pardiddle-tap in quintuplet usage and then accelerate that up to thirty-second notes through the addition of bass drum strokes. Note that the last example uses double bass to execute the 3-note pattern. Also note that I’ve added an additional accent on the left hand. This just adds a little dynamic interest. I’ve also given each pattern four possible orchestrations, but as usual explore and find your own.

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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