The Standard Paradiddle In Groups Of 4

Creating more simple orchestrations that move around the kit in a set grouping.

This lessons follows on from our Standard Paradiddle In Groups Of 8 lesson. It will be much easier to follow if you are familiar with the content from that lesson. The exercises will sound quite similar to those covered in our Single Stroke Roll and Double Stroke Roll in groups Of 4 lessons.

Continuing with ideas for orchestrating a standard paradiddle, in this lesson you will be taking the basic rudiment as sixteenth notes and splitting it into groups of four. Each of these groups of four will then be played on a different drum, in pretty much the same way you did in the previous lesson. These exercises will be slightly harder than before as you will be using four different parts of the kit, but still pretty straight forward. The intention here is to further improve your ability to move the rudiment around the kit in 'blocks' of a set number and you will be expanding on this some more in later lessons. These patterns will work well as fills without any adjustment, but as with the previous lesson a single stroke sticking would be preferable in that case.

Feet have been included in all exercises. For this concept it is acceptable to use the same drum twice within a bar as long as two groups of four aren't played on the same drum in a row. For example '4x Snare, 4x High Tom, 4x Mid Tom, 4x Snare' is acceptable but '4x Snare, 4x Snare, 4x High Tom, 4x Mid Tom' is not.


Exercise 1

Standard paradiddle orchestrated in groups of four


Exercise 2

Standard paradiddle orchestrated in groups of four


Exercise 3

Standard paradiddle orchestrated in groups of four


Exercise 4

Standard paradiddle orchestrated in groups of four


Exercise 5

Standard paradiddle orchestrated in groups of four


Exercise 6

Standard paradiddle orchestrated in groups of four


TASKS

  1. Using the 2 Minute Rule, get all exercises up to a tempo of at least 120bpm.
  2. Create your own orchestrations using this concept.
  3. Experiment with various different feet patterns in all exercises.