The Inverted Paradiddle Played On The Feet

Using the inverted paradiddle as a foot stamina and co ordination exercise.

In this lesson you will be developing your foot work by going back to the Inverted Paradiddle and playing it on the feet rather than the hands. This require a lot of co ordination and independance with your feet and can be particularly hard if you have been working on the Paradiddle Exercise following this same format as the movements are very similar. Check out our level 1 and level 2 exercises lists for more exercises for developing these areas of your playing.

You will be given three sets of inverted paradiddle exercises for the feet, each using a different note value. For each note value you will be given a version where the feet are split between the bass drum and hi hat and a second version using double bass drum. If you don't have a double pedal or two bass drums on your kit, the hi hat and bass drum exercise acheives exactly the same thing. These exercises are constructed in a similar way to our Single Stroke Roll On The Feet and Double Stroke Roll but using the inverted paradiddle sticking.

When playing these exercises make sure your left foot is playing at the same volume as the right. Because this is generally your weaker foot it may need some attention.


Quarter Note Exercises

You will start with a very slow version of the exercise using quarter notes. Note that this is spread over two bars to allow the full rudiment to be played. This exercises will familiarize you with the way the feet work and get your left foot working a bit more before you start speeding things up in the next two exercises.

Hi Hat And Bass Drum

The quarter note exercise.

Double Kick

The quarter note exercise.

TASK

  1. Using the 2 minute rule, get the exercise up to a tempo of around 170bpm.

Eighth Note Exercises

Next you are going to double up the note values and play the same patterns as eighth notes. Nothing has changed here except the speed of the exercise.

Hi Hat And Bass Drum

The eighth note exercise.

Double Kick

The eighth note exercise.

TASK

  1. Using the 2 minute rule, get the exercise up to a tempo of around 130bpm.

Sixteenth Note Exercises

Finally, double up again to create sixteenth notes.

Hi Hat And Bass Drum

The sixteenth note exercise.

Double Kick

The sixteenth note exercise.

TASK

  1. Using the 2 minute rule, get the exercise up to a tempo of around 100bpm.