Last month I talked about paradiddle grooves using the book “Stick Control”, in particular the exercises 5 to 8 of page 5. Here’s a summary of all the things discussed in the previous article.
The grooves are played with the hi-hat on the downbeat. Here below the variation of the first groove (exercise 5) playing the hi-hat in eight notes, as shown in the second part of the video.
The next step of this lesson is to “move” the bass drum, reading for example the pages I-A to V-B of the book “The New Breed” by Gary Chester. This can be tricky especially with the last two grooves (exercise 7 – 8).
Don’t forget to improvise with all this material, there are a lot of combinations: playing the grooves on the hi-hat, orchestrating on the toms, displacing the backbeat and the accent of the bell of the ride.
This is my paradiddles salad. Have a great summer!