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Paradiddle Middle Diddle

Technique by Murray Creed // November 04 2015
Paradiddle Middle Diddle

Hey everybody, Murray Creed here from Groove Studios. Today we're going to be talking about the Paradiddle Middle Diddle. This is a great groove you can play in a multitude of ways; between the bass, hi hat and snare or bass, ride and snare or you can even do it as a fill. I am going to show you all three of these different concepts. 

The first thing we have to understand about this groove is the sticking pattern:

R L R R L R R L

Start by getting comfortable playing the pattern between the hi hat and snare, playing the pattern as ghost notes on the snare. Once you feel you are confident playing the pattern between your hi hat and snare, add the kick on 1 and 3. When you are comfortable playing the kick on 1 and 3 add a more pronounced back beat on 2 and 4 of the snare. 

VARIATION #1 

Instead of playing the sticking pattern between the hi hat and snare try playing it between the ride cymbal and snare. Once again add the kick on 1 and 3 and the more pronounced backbeat on 2 and 4. 

VARIATION #2 

You can also change the pattern of the kick by adding it on the 1 as always then playing it on the "&" of 3. 

AS A DRUM FILL 

In addition to being a great groove idea, the Paradiddle Middle Diddle is a fantastic concept for a very cool drum fill. Start by getting comfortable playing the sticking pattern between the rack tom, floor tom and snare. Once you have mastered the sticking between the toms and snare, play a bar or two of time and then play the fill. 

Have alot of fun with that and we'll see you next time! 

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Murray Creed

Murray is a graduate of PIT and founder of Groove Studios music school in Victoria British Columbia, Canada. He is also the founder of the Victoria Drum Festival (www.victoriadrumfest.ca). Visit Murray online at www.murraycreed.ca



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