An Incredible Sounding Yet Greatly Overlooked Hand Pattern.

16 Exercises to Build Facility with Inverted Paradiddles

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What is an Inverted Paradiddle Anyway?

This inversion of the ever-useful paradiddle is sometimes referred to as the “paradiddle with the diddle in the middle.” It’s one of my favorite stickings because it is very easy to put accents on either the quarter note or the “a.” And that allows for some cool sounding phrases to be created.

The first step, before being able to use this idea on the drum set, is to get comfortable with the pattern and where the accents can be placed. That’s what this little exercise sheet will help you with. It’s just a beginning, but I hope you’ll find it a helpful one.

Make sure that the unaccented notes are nice and quiet; that will allow your accented notes to really stand out.

Here is the PDF: 16-exercises-to-build-facitlity-with-inverted-paradiddles

Mess with the ideas on the worksheet, then try orchestrating them in different ways on the drum set. Your own ideas will simmer too—let them come out and make up your own phrases….that’s the point!

Check Out The Video to See Inverted Paradiddles In Action

I made a video where I explain inverted paradiddles and demonstrate them.  Just click the video box to watch it. There are a few other ideas for how to work on developing your facility with this beautiful beast of a rudiment, so make sure to check it out.

As I show in the video, you can use inverted paradiddles for both fill/solo ideas AND grooves. It’s a very versatile idea, and I love using it when it’s appropriate.

Here's what some of the exercises look like

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