Double Paradiddle

Learn To Play The Double Paradiddle Drum Rudiment!

Taking a look at the sheet music below, you can see that the double paradiddle is played as 8th note triplets instead of 16th notes like the single paradiddle. However, it's totally valid for you to change the note value you use for playing this rudiment – like with any other drum rudiment. Knowing how to play the single paradiddle will make it a lot easier for you to learn how to play the double paradiddle. Make sure you take on that rudiment before going any further with this free drum lesson.

Double Paradiddle

The word "paradiddle" in the name of a rudiment, means that that particular pattern has two single strokes (para) followed by one set of doubles (diddle). The word "double" in this case, conveys the existence of two sets of single strokes for each set of double strokes. You can count the double paradiddle as 8th note triplets, as 16th note triplets, or like so: R(dou or par) L(ble or a) R(par) L(a) R(did) R(dle) L(dou or par) R(ble or a) L(par) R(a) L(did) L(dle).

Exercise #1 is an 8th note triplet half-time drum beat. The double paradiddle is broken up between the hi-hat and the snare drum. The leading hand plays on the hi-hat while the weaker hand is kept on the snare. Once the hands are happening, add the bass drum on count 1.

Double Paradiddle #1

Exercise #2 is an 8th note triplet broken hi-hat/ride half-time drum beat. This beat is pretty much like the previous one. The main difference can be found in the cymbal pattern, which is played on the bow of the ride cymbal during counts 1, 2 and 4. Don't forget to move the leading hand to the hi-hat to play the "trip" and the "let" of count 2.

Double Paradiddle #2

Exercise #3 is an 8th note triplet drum fill. The double paradiddle is broken up between the snare drum and the floor tom. The floor tom has a very soggy surface to play on, so there is not much rebound to help you in bouncing your doubles. You'll have to use wrist strokes to get consistent doubles out of a floor tom. You can also use a snap of the fingers to propel the stick into the drumhead with more velocity. This is done after you've played the first stroke of the double with a wrist turn.

Double Paradiddle #3

Exercise #4 is an 8th note triplet double paradiddle drum fill. The most challenging thing you'll find within this pattern is getting consistent sounding doubles from the mid-tom. Using the tips we gave you with the previous drum fill will help you getting around this issue.

Double Paradiddle #4

Once you're able to play the double paradiddle and the exercises herein accurately, you can keep challenging yourself by learning how to play new drum rudiments. We encourage you to check the free drum lesson on the triple paradiddle next.