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Paradiddle Groove Basics

Technique by Ryan Carver // May 16 2012
Paradiddle Groove Basics

This lesson deals with building the basics of a funky paradiddle groove. The hardest part here is being aware of the dynamics between the hands while adding in the bass drum. The paradiddles should be played with two distinct volumes, the accented notes and the unaccented notes. You shouldn't have to hit the accent super hard if you keep the unaccented notes at a lower volume. Remember to let your sticks' height do most of the work for you. Use number one to develop your basic groove, then each number will add another bass drum. Make sure that when you add the bass drums nothing from the original groove changes. This is a great exercise in being aware of your dynamics and how you sound on the kit. Enjoy!





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Ryan Carver

Ryan Carver is a world-renowned educator with a private practice based out of Ocean County New Jersey, USA. Ryan is the owner of Carver Drums, providing drum repair and custom drums. Ryan can be seen performing with the Shores top bands 4-5 nights a week! Ryan proudly endorses Beatnick Rhythm Analyzer from Onboard research and Carver Drums custom snare drums. Ryan is a member of Vic Firth Education Team, The Hudson T.I.P. program and The Percussive Arts Society. Visit Ryan online at www.carverdrums.com.

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