Single Paradiddle-Diddle

Learn To Play The Single Paradiddle-Diddle Drum Rudiment!

The single paradiddle-diddle was not featured on the standard 26 American drum rudiments. In 1984, the single paradiddle-diddle, along with other 13 drum rudiments, was added to the 26 drum rudiments by the Percussive Arts Society. This new set of drum rudiments would later be known as the 40 international drum rudiments.

Single Paradiddle-diddle

The single paradiddle-diddle is a single paradiddle with an extra double stroke right after it - R(par) L(a) R(did) R(dle) L(did) L(dle). The single paradiddle-diddle is mostly played as 8th note triplets and 16th note triplets, much like the double paradiddle. Learn how to play the single paradiddle and the double paradiddle before taking on the single paradiddle-diddle. Learning how to play those two drum rudiments will make you learn how to play the single paradiddle-diddle way faster and accurately.

Since the single paradiddle-diddle doesn't alternate within itself you'll have to practice this rudiment leading with both hands. Use a practice pad and a metronome to help you focus on technique and timing. Stay relaxed while practicing and take your time. Once you feel competent in playing the single paradiddle-diddle, take the following drum beats and drum fills to your drum set and have some fun.

Exercise #1 is an 8th note triplet half-time drum beat. The single paradiddle-diddle is scattered between the snare drum and the hi-hat, so start by learning the hand pattern first. Once you have that down, add the bass drum on counts 1 and 3.

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Exercise #2 is an 8th note triplet drum beat. The stronger hand plays the bow of the ride cymbal, and the snare drum on count 3, while the weaker hand stays on the hi-hat. Once you've mastered the hands add the bass drum on count 1.

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Exercise #3 is 12/8 time signature drum fill. The doubles are played on the hi-tom and the snare drum while the singles are spread between the mid-tom and the floor tom. This is a very cool sounding single paradiddle-diddle drum fill.

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Exercise #4 is a drum fill played in 12/8 time signature. Taking a look at the sheet music below, you can see that some of the doubles are played on the floor tom. Playing consistent sounding doubles is a challenge because of that. You'll have to put in the time to develop your forearm muscles and fingers to help compensate for the lack of bounce you get from a floor tom. This is the only way you'll get your second stroke to sound like the first one. If you'd like to have more information about this, check the free drum lesson on the double stroke roll.

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Once you're able to play the single paradiddle-diddle and the exercises herein accurately, you can move on to further expand your knowledge on the drum rudiments. We encourage you to check the free drum lessons on the flam and on the drag ruff next.