Inverted Paradiddle Patterns

In this section you will find 1,194 paradiddles with 4 mp3 audio examples each at a different tempo, each pattern will also contain a midi file to download.

Concept

All paradiddle exercises are played with right hand on ride cymbal and left hand on snare. Keep in mind that both hands can alternate between ride/hi-hat and snare drum. If you are lefthanded turn everything around; right becomes left, left becomes right.

Playing alternatives

  • 2 hi-hats: right hand on second hi-hat, left hand on first hi-hat
  • 2 cymbals: both hands on different sounding ride cymbals
  • left hand on left ride cymbal, right hand on second hi-hat
  • right hand cowbell, left hand hi-hat
  • ...
Other ways to play:
  • never let your right hand play a surface (tom-tom, hi-hat, cymbal, ...) twice in sequence
  • play right hand 2 times on the same surface
  • with your right hand, never play a cymbal (or crash)
  • left hand stays on snare, accent every 2 and 4 beats, ghost all other notes

Lessons