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paradiddles in 24th notes part 2

This is a quick follow on to the 24th note paradiddles I’ve been having fun with.

Once you’ve really got a good feeling for the odd groupings in 24th notes, you can mess around with them in many ways. The 2 I’ve been focusing on are:

Combinations: I’m working on sticking different groupings together. My current fave is:

double paradiddle, 4 single paradiddles and then a double on the end. Written as a sticking with right hand lead this would be:


The options are endless! It is, as always about what sounds good. I do find that a lot of the combinations with the odd groupings sound kinda cool but are fairly unusable unless you’re playing in Dream Theatre or The Locust. The real challenge is to throw in a fill that complements the song whilst using the odd groupings.

Once I find a combination that I think might work, I move onto

Sound Sources:

First I go through all the classics, such as accents on toms with the rest on the snare, or accents on cymbals with the rest on the snare.

Then I move onto accents on cymbals with the rest on the toms, or playing this as a groove between the hi-hat and snare.

Most recently I’ve put the sticking above together to enable me to show off some rather silly cross sticking and quick cymbal work.

I’m playing the double paradiddle with the accents on 2 different cymbals and the rest on the snare. Then the 4 paradiddles are played with an accent on a different tom each time, starting with the left hand on the high tom then working around down to the lowest. This means that your left hand has cross over to hit the 3rd tom, which looks kinda cool! Finally a loud double on the snare to finish off.

I hope this makes sense, I’ll try to get some video up as soon as I can to demonstrate it.

Have Fun!


Paradiddles in 24th notes

I’ve been messing around with putting classic stickings into less regular subdivisions recently.

My favourite is to play 6 single paradiddles over a bar at a subdivision of 24th notes.

A good way to get there is to play 3 bars of a basic 4/4 beat at 60bpm and then play a one bar fill of 24th notes, hand to hand.

Then change the sticking to double paradiddles, which is fairly standard stuff.

Then, simply change the sticking to single paradiddles. Focus on keeping the 24th notes even and in time.

This becomes interesting when you play the accents on toms or cymbals.

If you find it tough to get the timing with the different stickings, try singing the fill out loud whilst you play it. Also, go back to the hand to hand and play that a couple of times before returning to the alternate stickings.

Obviously, the paradiddles sticking is the tip of the iceberg. If you like the wonky feeling it gives, try the same thing with a sticking of 5 (4×5 with a 4 at the end), again hitting accents on other sound sources.

Have fun!