View Full Version : Lesson #038 - Triplet Paradiddle Variations

08-01-2005, 10:16 PM
Although the paradiddle is often interpreted in it's traditional form, i.e. 1/16 notes, I find it to be a great sound when played as triplets.

When first attempting to play it this way, it might be unsettling to realize that the accents don't fall on all the downbeats as they do in the traditional form. You must train your ear to hear the paradiddle fall across the beats. In fact if you analyze the accents of the triplet paradiddle, you will find they have the value of a half note triplet.

In the video demonstration, I place importance on the 1/4 note pulse played with the hi hat foot. This not only anchors the time, but creates a wonderful cross reference between the 1/4 note pulse and the accents of the triplet paradiddle. Once this is locked in, you can attempt to play melodic bass drum parts in unison with the hands and the left foot.

You'll see how the possibilities keep evolving, until the very end, where the paradiddle is split between the left hand and right foot.

<img src="images/attach/wmv.gif">For a video demonstration of paradiddle triplets variations, click here. (http://www.virgildonati.com/msgboard/attachments/hands-tripletparadiddle.wmv)

Basic Triplet Paradiddle with Hi-Hat playing 1/4 notes.

<img src="images/!charts/tripletparadiddle-a.gif">

Once you feel comfortable with the basic form, the next step is to learn to play bass drum variations along with the paradiddle. Although it is only indicated in the basic version, keep playing the 1/4 note hi-hat pattern throughout the bass drum examples.

<img src="images/!charts/tripletparadiddle-b.gif">

<img src="images/!charts/tripletparadiddle-c.gif">

This last bass drum variation is quite challenging. Note the bass drum hits are spaced five 1/8 note triplets apart until beat 2 of the second measure. The exchange between the accents with the hands and the kick drum is the highlight of this rhythm.

<img src="images/!charts/tripletparadiddle-d.gif">

The next variation splits the hands between the hi-hat and snare, creating a groove context for the triplet paradiddle. Nothing changes except the right hand from snare to hi-hat. By now you should feel comfortable playing the 1/4 note hi-hat beats with the left foot.

<img src="images/!charts/tripletparadiddle-e.gif">

These bass drum variations are as played on the video demonstration.

<img src="images/!charts/tripletparadiddle-f.gif">

In the final variation, the triplet paradiddle is played between the left hand on the snare, and the right bass drum. Up to this point we've played the triplet paradiddle between the hands. The challenge here is to split it between the hand and foot.

<img src="images/!charts/tripletparadiddle-g.gif">

Now we add the right hand on the hi hat. It plays 1/4 notes along with the hi hat foot.
In the first version, I've separated the hi hat to clearly show the 1/4 note, and the second version I merge the right hand with the paradiddle.

<img src="images/!charts/tripletparadiddle-h.gif">

<img src="images/attach/wmv.gif">For a video demonstration of paradiddle triplets variations, click here. (http://www.virgildonati.com/msgboard/attachments/hands-tripletparadiddle.wmv)