Dragadiddle #1

Learn To Play The Dragadiddle #1 Drum Rudiment!

The main rhythmic pattern of the dragadiddle #1 (also known as drag paradiddle #1) incorporates a quarter note single stroke and a 16th note dragged single paradiddle. Therefore, learning how to play the drag ruff and the single paradiddle drum rudiments is essential if you want to succeed in mastering the dragadiddle #1 a lot quicker.

Dragadiddle #1

The dragadiddle #1 is inverted for the next exercises. This means that instead of starting on the quarter note, the dragadiddle #1 starts on the dragged 16th note single paradiddle. This is an especially cool approach for making use of the dragadiddle #1 for coming up with drum beats where the backbeat is played.

Exercise #1 is a 16th note drum beat. The left hand plays ghost notes, and a snare shot on count 2, while the right hand plays the hi-hat, and the floor tom on count 4. Once you have the hands happening, add the bass drum on counts 1 and 3. Play these strokes in unison with the drags' primary strokes.

Dragadiddle #1 - 1

Exercise #2 is a 16th note drum beat. This exercise is pretty much like the previous one. Instead of playing the dragged single paradiddle between the snare drum and the hi-hat like on exercise #1, here, you'll have to break it down between the hi-hat and the bow of the ride cymbal. Count 4 also has a small change in the form of a snare shot.

The stock 8th note drum beat played before the next drum fills has an 8th note rest on the "and" of count 4. You might have to resort to this kind of tactics to make sure these drum fills are played accurately, since the grace notes are played just before count 1.

Dragadiddle #1 - 2

Exercise #3 is a 16th note drum fill. The dragadiddle #1 has the grace notes on the hi-hat and the singles on the snare drum, while the doubles are moved to the floor tom on count 1 and to the hi-tom on count 3. The quarter note singles are performed on the snare drum on count 2, and as a unison stroke between a crash cymbal and the bass drum on count 4.

Dragadiddle #1 - 3

Exercise #4 is another 16th note drum fill. This exercise features the same rhythmic pattern as exercise #3. The only difference you'll find here is the stroke orchestration chosen for the dragged single paradiddles. This pattern is a great example of how to come up with a lot of different drum fills by orchestrating the strokes differently. Use this concept with the drum beats and drum fills featured in this website for coming up with your own ideas.

Dragadiddle #1 - 4

Once you're able to play the dragadiddle #1 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 lessons on the single dragadiddle and the dragadiddle #2 next.