Groove Development: 03-08-2021 (Standard To Inverted Paradiddle)

Building a groove using paradiddle stickings.

In this lesson you will be learning a one bar groove built by combining two paradiddle stickings. This is built up over six steps where a new element is added to the part in each step. A link to the original lesson on the concept applied is provided where appropriate for each step, it would be worth sidetracking and working through these lessons if you get stuck or don't understand a particular step. It is also very important that you can play the step you are on comfortably before moving on as any parts you get stuck on are going to appear in all subsequent steps. This is particularly important in the third step where the base groove is started.

You can download a version of this lesson in PDF format. In this pack you also get a short example piece using the final groove as a basis along with audio files in MP3 format of all drum parts. This also includes a drumless version of the backing track for you to play a long to. On top of all of that all exercises have counting included, two extra modifications are made to the groove and all new changes to the groove are highlighted in red. You can purchase this for just $2 by clicking the button below.

NOTE that the file size of this pack is 12.2MB.


Step 1

We'll start out with a rudiment style snare part where the first half of the bar is played as Standard Paradiddle and the second half as Inverted Paradiddle, all as sixteenths. Focus here on the left hand, make sure it is playing at the same dynamic level as the right.

Using paradiddle rudiments to construct a groove.


Step 2

All right hands are moved to the Ride Cymbal and all lefts to a Closed Hi Hat.

Using paradiddle rudiments to construct a groove.


Step 3

Move The Left Hands on counts 2 and 4 to the snare to create a Common Time back beat.

Using paradiddle rudiments to construct a groove.


Step 4

Add Eighth and quarter note kicks. Watch out for the kick on count 2 that falls with a snare, make sure the hand and foot fall exactly together.

Using paradiddle rudiments to construct a groove.


Step 5

Add two sixteenth note kicks On The 'a' counts after 2 and 3. The first of these falls with a left and the second a right, make sure both kicks are in time with the appropriate hand.

Using paradiddle rudiments to construct a groove.


Step 6

Switch the non back beat left hands in the inverted paradiddle section to Toms.

Using paradiddle rudiments to construct a groove.