From the May issue of Drum | BY JARED FALK | DAY 1 of 10
Today’s Focus: Hands-Only
Duration: 30 Minutes Practice each exercise individually for five minutes, and then play them in sequence for 15 minutes.
Most of what we play on the drums is simply a combination of singles and double strokes, and that’s why I love the practicality of today’s Paradiddle Madness exercise.
Ex. 1 is a triple paradiddle played around the kit, starting on the snare and moving down the three toms. If you have only two toms, you can double the notes on the snare drum and floor tom. Ex. 2 has a double paradiddle in a bar of 3/4, which — just like the triple paradiddle — moves down and back up the drum set. Finally, the single paradiddle in Ex. 3 moves between the snare and smallest mounted tom.
Once you’ve practiced each pattern individually, you can play them all together in sequence. Remember to start at a slower tempo of at least 60 bpm and then increase your speed in 5 bpm intervals.
One At A Time!
First learn each pattern individually before playing them in sequence.
If you play on a 4-piece kit, you can substitute the mid-tom for the ride cymbal.