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The Secret of the Paradiddle

As some of you know, a paradiddle is a drumming rudiment. The point of it is to practice even tempo and rhythm even if you are doing something a little counterintuitive with your hands. Rather than strike the drum Left-Right-Left-Right-Left-Right, the paradiddle goes Left-Right-Left-Left-Right-Left-Right-Right, repeated over and over, without a break, until, as Arthur Dent might have said, you've had enough.

If you haven't done it before, try it now, with your fingers against the table if you don't have a convenient drum and sticks. It's surprisingly tricky to get an even beat. But you get a glow of achievement when you get near it; and you also now know what a paradiddle is.

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davesangel
Sep. 27th, 2012 06:32 pm (UTC)
I actually found it incredibly easy to do (housemate can attest to this! :P)
bellinghman
Sep. 28th, 2012 09:44 am (UTC)
I can't drum. But yes, this was easy. (I broke it down into two halves almost immediately, and alternated.)
dsgood
Sep. 27th, 2012 07:24 pm (UTC)
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katlinel
Sep. 27th, 2012 08:48 pm (UTC)
I did not know what a paradiddle was, but that sort of pattern is familiar to me from the way I was taught to play finger cymbals while bellydancing, using patterns like L-R-L R-L-R.
aramuin
Sep. 27th, 2012 09:02 pm (UTC)
I find doing it once or twice is easy. Doing if for more than five or six repetitions is really tricky because I keep losing track of where I am.

Very interesting term though. Thanks for sharing!
niamh_sage
Sep. 28th, 2012 06:42 am (UTC)
That was fun (and hard! :P ). I could do it as long as I didn't try to do it too fast - not one of nature's drummers, I guess!
fanf
Dec. 10th, 2012 08:33 am (UTC)
On Friday Rachel pointed out to me that the Gangnam Style dance is a paradiddle with the feet, which reminded me of this article...
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