Paradiddle Inversions / by Ross Farley

As with accented paradiddles, paradiddle inversions are incredibly useful rudiments for grooves, fills and soloing. And they have an advantage over the standard paradiddle. They are less common! Once you start combining the paradiddle inversions you'll have a wealth of options when it comes to moving around the kit, allowing you to be more creative and original.  

A couple of things to remember: a) Focus on how you are playing, not how fast you are playing. Speed is a byproduct of good technique, control, and being comfortable with what you are playing. The speed will come, so start slow. b) Dynamics make all the difference. Loud strokes should be loud and quiet strokes should be quiet!

  1. To start off, practice i-iv individually and at a steady speed. If these stickings are new to you ignore the accented strokes at first (the “>” indicates an accent). Once you feel comfortable with each exercise you can add them back in.
  2. Next, try switching between the different patterns. For example, play exercise ‘i’ four times before moving straight to ‘ii’ without stopping, then to ‘iii’ etc.
  3. 1A - 4C involve different combinations of i with ii-iv. In 1A-C the first beat changes, in 2A-C the second beat changes, etc — You get the idea!
  4. Get creative, combine the paradiddle inversions in new ways, try to apply the concepts from the Accented Paradiddle lesson or use them as grooves.

If you have any questions, let me know in the comments.

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