Paradiddle Permutations

Paradiddle

Inverted paradiddles are a great way to transfer the paradiddle rudiment from the practice pad to the drum kit. These patterns represent permutations on the pattern which are created by displacing (i.e. starting from a different point in the bar). Instead of the standard R L R R L R L L you could start playing from the second note (the left hand) and get L R R L R L L R. Following that logic there are eight ways of playing the paradiddle pattern. Play a pulse on the kick drum or open-closed hi-hat to keep time. On the snare drum, play the standard paradiddle, then work your way through the other seven permutations. Next vary between the snare and toms and run through the patterns again while maintaining the pulse underneath. Remember to start out slowly then increase your speed as you become more comfortable with each pattern.

Here are all eight paradiddle permutations (displaced)

1. R L R R L R L L
2. L R R L R L L R
3. R R L R L L R L
4. R L R L L R L R
5. L R L L R L R R
6. R L L R L R R L
7. L L R L R R L R
8. L R L R R L R L

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