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Uptempo Paradiddle Inversions with Snare and Kick

jazz drumming idea #16


jazz drumming idea #16 | Uptempo Paradiddle Inversions with Snare and Kick


It seems that the paradiddle is a great resource for discovering ideas!

So this is a follow on from the previous two ideas using paradiddles and a complement to #Idea 6.

Here we are simply voicing the paradiddle between the kick and the snare as 8th notes, while playing jazz time.

You could work on this at any tempo, and use fragments as comping figures and accents, but, the main intention is to use it to develop co-ordination and dexterity for uptempo playing, so aim to work it up to at least 300bpm. You must keep it light. Don't let the bass drum, especially, overpower the cymbal part.

Be warned, if you apply this in a musical situation without proper care, it will be very unmusical indeed. Use this exercise more as means to an end, rather than an end in itself.

This was originally posted on "Jazz Drumming Blog" and in the "Ideas for Jazz Drumming" e-book (no longer available). This post has been revised from the original.

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