Thursday, January 01, 2015

Basic Paradiddle Combinations

Happy New Year, faithful TDB readers!  Here's a simple little exercise to help you shake the dust off and ease back into your regular practice routine now that the holidays are over.

In addition to my regular, focused practice, I often spend some time in the evening doing some fundamental hand work on the pad while I'm watching a little TV before bed.  I generally don't read any etudes or exercises, or even open a book during this "practice".  Rather, I just keep my hands moving; repping rudiments, long rolls, etc.  While I often use a metronome, there are two things that I do differently with it in this evening practice:

1.  I turn the metronome volume down VERY low.  This serves two purposes.  Most importantly, I can hear the TV.  Secondly, I find it helps me to internalize tempos and feel the time rather than follow it.

2.  I almost never change the tempo.  I simply turn it on and let it go so that I spend a lot of time with one tempo and really internalize it.

Because of #2, I tend to do a lot of metric modulation.  This allows me to work different tempos without changing the metronome, and also build confidence in implied times.

Below is an exercise I like to play a lot during these couch practice sessions.  It employs combinations of paradiddles, and their three inversions, applied to a very basic metric modulation.  It's simply a bar of 16th notes followed by a bar of sextuplets, where said sextuplets are played in groupings of four notes.

Give them a try while you watch all the remaining bowl games.

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