Dragadiddle #2

Learn To Play The Dragadiddle #2 Drum Rudiment!

The dragadiddle #2 (also known as drag paradiddle #2) is very similar to the dragadiddle #1. The only difference you'll find between the two drum rudiments is the extra dragged 8th note on the "and" of counts 1 and 3. Make sure you go through the free drum lesson on the dragadiddle #1 before tackling this one; it will help you master the material included in this lesson a lot quicker.

Dragadiddle #2

Exercise #1 is a 16th note half-time drum beat with a broken hi-hat pattern. The dragadiddle #2 is scattered between the hi-hat and the snare drum. Focus on memorizing the sticking pattern. Add a metronome in once that's covered. The bass drum pattern featured in this exercise is very simple. Once you've mastered this exercise as written feel free to mess around with different bass drum patterns.

Dragadiddle #2 - 1

Exercise #2 is a 16th note drum beat that is very similar to the previous one. If you took your time with exercise #1, this one should be easier to get under your belt. The hi-hat pattern on the previous exercise is moved to the bow of the ride cymbal while the snare strokes on count 3 are played on the hi-tom instead. Add a bass drum stroke on the "and" of count 1 and you're done.

Dragadiddle #2 - 2

Exercise #3 is a 16th note drum fill. The first two counts are heavily played on the floor tom. This drum has a very soggy surface to play on, so there is not much rebound to help you in bouncing the 16th note doubles. You'll have to use wrist strokes to get consistent doubles out of the 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 playing the first stroke of the double with a wrist turn.

Dragadiddle #2 - 3

Exercise #4 is a 16th note drum fill. This drum fill has the same rhythmic figure as the previous one. The main differences between both patterns can be found in the way the strokes are orchestrated. As we've discussed beforehand, this is a great example of how you can come up with such a different sounding pattern, from just moving the hands to different instruments from the ones notated. The feet are also featured in this drum fill, adding yet another layer of textures to the drum fills that would be otherwise impossible to get. Experiment adding your feet to the drum fills featured in this website – you'll be surprised with what you'll be able to come up with.

Dragadiddle #2 - 4

Once you're able to play the dragadiddle #2 and the exercises herein accurately, you can keep furthering your knowledge on the drum rudiments. We encourage you to check the free drum lessons on the single dragadiddle and the single ratamacue next.