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Rudiment Exercises With a Twist: Rolls and Paradiddles

Technique by Kirby Jacobsen // December 12 2012
Rudiment Exercises With a Twist: Rolls and Paradiddles

I’m sure you are already familiar with a hybrid rudiment, which is basically combining or blending two rudiments together. There are hundreds of them (and counting) all over the internet! I have added some of my own to this hybrid sea. Instead of blending rudiments together though, I have simply linked them together in various ways to create longer patterns. 

Below is one such series of exercises that employs three classic rudimental favs: the single-stroke roll, the double-stroke roll and the single paradiddle. Essentially, you will be playing the paradiddle a majority of the time with extra single and double strokes thrown in between. 

Exercises 1 and 3 can be a challenge to play at fast tempos because of the single strokes starting on beat 4. Exercises 2 and 4 pose two potential challenges: you must play the paradiddles fast enough to keep up with the double strokes and they have two extra 1/16 notes tagged on, making them in 9/8. They do have a nice flow once you’re comfortable with them though. Start slow with these and try playing them at soft, medium and loud volumes. Strive for the smoothest sound possible. Play with and without the accents.

Until next time, have fun and make sure to lock it in the pocket!




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About the Author
Kirby  Jacobsen

Kirby jacobsen (drummer, composer, author). Kirby studied Studio Recording and Jazz at the University of Miami and Jazz Performance at William Paterson University. He composes and arranges music for concert band, string and jazz trios and percussion ensemble. His snare solo book, Not Just Another Snare Solo Book, 20 Uncommon Snare Drum Solos, will soon be available on-line through HaMaR Percussion Publications, Inc. Kirby leads the Blue Brush Trio which performs in the NY/NJ metro area. 

Send questions or comments to Kirby at symphonic902@yahoo.com.

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