Rudiment Section #16
40 P.A.S. Standard Rudiments
The Single Paradiddle (#16 of the 40 P.A.S. certified essential or standard rudiments) is a sticking consisting of two Single Strokes and one Double Stroke. The first Single Stroke is accented. This is a hand-to-hand pattern which means it alternates between starting on the Right Hand and the Left Hand.
The Single Paradiddle is one of the phonetic rudiments. This means that it’s called a Paradiddle because that’s how it sounds. (This is called an onomatopoeia btw.) ‘Pa’ is the accent, ‘diddle’ is a double. ‘Ra’ is probably just chosen because it makes the word sound good.
The Single Paradiddle can be seen as a four note sticking which reverses hands automatically. It can also be seen as an eight note sticking because it takes this many notes for the pattern to resolve completely. Do not debate this. Time is precious. Play. Don’t argue.
DUTT (Down Up Tap Tap)
This exercise combines 16th and 8th notes per two beats while playing the Single Paradiddle sticking.
This exercise combines one beat of 16th and one beat of 8th notes. During the 16th notes we play the Single Paradiddle sticking. We play the 8th notes as either R.l. or L.r. depending on which hand leads.
This exercise combines three beats of 16th and one beat of 8th notes. Again, during the 16th notes we play the Single Paradiddle sticking. And again we play the 8th notes as either R.l. or L.r. depending on which hand leads.