At the moment I have a couple of students working on Wilcoxon’s “Paradiddle Johnnie” from “Modern Rudimental Swing Solos”. Both of them are playing really well, but are finding it difficult to control their stick heights/volume so that there is only two distinct levels of sound - accent and unaccented.
In passages such as this one, in “Paradiddle Johnnie”…
…the students are unintentionally producing a third sound by giving additional weight, or emphasis to unaccented notes that fall on a downbeat. What comes out is a sound that is softer than an accent, but louder that a tap stroke.
So, to help remedy this, I whipped up a simple paradiddle exercise that isolates those phrases, and other ones similar to it.