Sticking For The Inverted Paradiddle

Sticking for this rudiment that combines single and double strokes and is a variation on the standard paradiddle.

Inverted Paradiddle

The inverted paradiddle is a development of the Paradiddle and involves moving the double stroke into the middle of the blocks of four rather than playing them at the end. If you have spent a lot of time learning the paradiddle, this will be quite tricky as your brain will be trained up to play the paradiddle sticking. However, learning this rudiment on top of the standard paradiddle is incredibly good for your co ordination and will open up some new and very interesting ideas for groove and fill construction.

This rudiment could also be thought of as a Standard Triplet sticking played as quavers or semi quavers with an extra stroke at the end. As with the original paradiddle and the Single Stroke Triplet, a feature of this rudiment is the hands 'switching' on each quarter note count. This can be used to your advantage in groove and fill construction as it allows you to make use of parts of the kit in specific places that could have been uncomfortable in single strokes. It will also force your weaker hand to get used to being used in more of a leading hand way.

Below I have listed the sticking for this rudiment as both quavers and semi quavers in a standard sticking and a reversed sticking.


Exercise 1

An inverted paradiddle in standard sticking as eighth notes.

An inverted paradiddle in standard sticking as eighth notes.


Exercise 2

An inverted paradiddle in reversed sticking as eighth notes.

An inverted paradiddle in reverse sticking as eighth notes.


Exercise 3

An inverted paradiddle in standard sticking as sixteenth notes.

An inverted paradiddle in standard sticking as sixteenth notes.


Exercise 4

An inverted paradiddle in reversed sticking as sixteenth notes.

An inverted paradiddle in reverse sticking as sixteenth notes.


TASK

  1. Using the 2 minute rule, get all exercises up to a tempo of 120bpm.
  2. Try adding feet as eight and quarter notes.
  3. Orchestrate the rudiment in similar ways to other rudiments.

Lessons that will help with these exercises.