Lesson Of The Week: Paradiddle Wind Up

In this exercise we will be playing 16th notes and 16th note triplets but with a twist… We’ll be pairing the single Paradiddle, Double Paradiddle, and the Hybrid Rudiment “Shirley Murphy”.

1. The first measure you will play the Single Paradiddle as straight 16th’s with an accent on the first note of each Paradiddle.


2. The second measure we play the Double Paradiddle in 16th note triplet form still keeping the accents on beats 1, 2, 3, 4.


3. Last but not least, we add the Shirley Murphy. If you aren’t familiar with this Hybrid Rudiment check out my short lesson here to learn the mechanics and how it works in the hands.



First and foremost be sure that you can play each rudiment and Hybrid. Start this exercise at 60 BPM and move up by increments of 5. Be sure to keep the accents on each quarter note (1, 2, 3, 4). And as always… Have fun!


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