Triple Paradiddle

Learn To Play The Triple Paradiddle Drum Rudiment!

The triple paradiddle was not featured on the standard 26 American drum rudiments, but was one of the 14 drum rudiments that were added to the 26 drum rudiments in 1984 by the Percussive Arts Society. This led to the formation of the 40 international drum rudiments.

Triple Paradiddle

The triple paradiddle incorporates features from both the single and double paradiddles. Learn how to play the single paradiddle and the double paradiddle drum rudiments before taking on this lesson. Knowing how to play those drum rudiments beforehand will actually make the triple paradiddle an easier pattern to master.

The word "paradiddle" means that a particular pattern has two single strokes (para) followed by one set of doubles (diddle). The word "triple" conveys the existence of three sets of single strokes for each set of double strokes - R(par) L(a) R(par) L(a) R (par) L(a) R(did) R(dle).

Exercise #1 is a 16th note half-time drum beat. The triple paradiddle is scattered between the hi-hat, which is played with the stronger hand, and the snare drum, which is played with the weaker hand. Once you've mastered the hand pattern, add the bass drum on count 1 and on the "and" of count 1.

Triple Paradiddle #1

Exercise #2 is very similar to the previous one. Take the hand pattern from exercise #1, leave the snare pattern as is and play the hi-hat pattern on the bow of the ride cymbal instead. Once that's mastered, remove the bass drum stroke on the "and" of count 1 and add strokes on counts 2, 3 and 4.

Triple Paradiddle #2

Exercise #3 is a 16th note drum fill. The snare drum strokes are ghosted on counts 1 and 2 while the leading hand goes around the toms playing doubles and singles at a normal volume. Once you get to count 3 it reverses - the ghosted notes are played with the leading hand on the floor tom while the weaker hand goes around the toms playing doubles and singles at a normal volume.

Triple Paradiddle #3

Exercise #4 is a 16th note drum fill. This pattern features two triple paradiddles that are scattered around the drums. With the first triple paradiddle, the weaker hand is kept on the hi-tom while the stronger hand moves around the drums. With the second triple paradiddle it's the complete opposite - the stronger hand is kept on floor tom while the weaker hand moves around the drums.

Triple Paradiddle #4

Once you're able to play the triple paradiddle and the exercises herein accurately, you can keep furthering your knowledge on the drum rudiments. We encourage you to check the free drum lesson on the single paradiddle-diddle next.