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What is a paradiddle? (No sneaky googling!)

I once passed an exam where I had to know the answer, but I was just curious as to how widely known it is.


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Sep. 26th, 2012 08:49 pm (UTC)
I don't know exactly, but I'm guessing its musical as Mike Oldfield used it as a track name...
Sep. 26th, 2012 08:50 pm (UTC)
I do not have a clue. I've never come across it before. Honest answer. I did not Google it.
Sep. 26th, 2012 08:52 pm (UTC)
I know, but only because of a relatively recent Rock Band–inspired obsession with drumming.
Sep. 26th, 2012 08:56 pm (UTC)
I started tapping one out on my keyboard when I read this post. But I had a few drum lessons as a child.
[answer]It's a particular way of playing a rhythm on the drums - instead of alternating right-left, you do left-right-left-left., etc.
Sep. 26th, 2012 09:04 pm (UTC)
Hah, I knew you had many talents, but hadn't realised that this was one of them!

I think I made it to grade IV, where you had to do not only paradiddles but flam paradiddles and double paraddidles (LRLRLL RLRLRR).
Sep. 26th, 2012 09:02 pm (UTC)
I did not know.

But now I am watching an interesting video about it!
Sep. 26th, 2012 09:10 pm (UTC)
I knew, but I know drummers.
Sep. 26th, 2012 09:22 pm (UTC)
The word was familiar, so I probably have known, but I didn't know now. Although I do know now, 'cos I looked.
Sep. 26th, 2012 09:40 pm (UTC)
Drum rudiment with four strokes. I play a fair bit of music but have never played drums so I think it's either random general knowledge or something learned from a drummer in a pub. Two sets which could overlap quite a lot.
Sep. 26th, 2012 09:53 pm (UTC)
I know from reading about drumming (though I personally play a hand drum).
Sep. 26th, 2012 10:01 pm (UTC)
I think I learned it from some children's music programme on the BBC many years ago ...
Sep. 26th, 2012 10:05 pm (UTC)
too many years of bloody marching bagpipe bands and 12ths of July and boys brigade... I hate them. Wish I'd grown up in a world of steel drums.

Now, why is that popping into your head Mr W?
Sep. 26th, 2012 10:22 pm (UTC)
I knew it was some sort of drum roll but I could not have told you how it differed from others.
Sep. 26th, 2012 10:36 pm (UTC)
I knew - I had about four years of percussion lessons at school during the 1980s. Once I could have told you what a ratamacue, flam, drag, flamcue and flamdiddle were as well, but I've long since forgotten.
Sep. 26th, 2012 11:31 pm (UTC)
Something that's very LIKE, but not quite, complete nonsense -- i.e., paradiddle instead of taradiddle?


Ah, now that I see the definition I realize I *did* see that definition once or twice before, but not enough for it to stick.
Sep. 26th, 2012 11:32 pm (UTC)
So, looking at the definition, the Master's Drum is a paradiddle? Sort of like a little paradox, maybe?
Sep. 27th, 2012 09:48 am (UTC)
Actually, no, it's more of a ratamacue.
Sep. 27th, 2012 12:31 am (UTC)
Some kind of drum stroke/pattern, I believe. The only reason I know is that Howard Waldrop uses the word in Ike at the Mike, and it piqued my curiosity (rather like his use of the Appalachian dialect word 'sigogglin' in The Ugly Chickens).
Sep. 27th, 2012 02:07 am (UTC)
Heh. I never thought my flirtation with drumming would one day be useful in a quiz...
Sep. 27th, 2012 04:55 am (UTC)
It's a drumming thing, isn't it?
Sep. 27th, 2012 06:17 am (UTC)
H is a drummer sometimes so - easy peasy
Sep. 27th, 2012 11:10 am (UTC)
Absolute guess but some kind of rhyme?
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