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Harmonica Lessons: Rhythmic Breathing: Double Stroke Roll and Paradiddles

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So the double stroke roll on drums.
That's the one where the drummers
get going really fast.
On the harmonica it's a little harder
because we have to change our breath every
two notes.
that one is
little bit
harder to do.
But you'll notice that
certain patterns come up.
That you wouldn't normally think of.
This pattern.
Two blow, three blow,
three draw, two draw.
What I'm doing is I'm doing all of these
rudiments over the same holes.
If it's two holes, its one blow,
two blow on one breath and two draw,
one draw on the other breath.
If it's three holes, it's one,
two three, three, two, one.
If It's four holes, one, two, three,
four, four, three, two, one.
And then there are some more
interesting combinations of rudiments.
This is called the paradiddle.
Paradiddle is named after the sound
that it makes on the drums.
Pa ra did dle pa ra did dle.
And what the idea of this one is,
it's right, left, right, right.
And then you go, left, right, left, left.
So this one takes a little coordination,
it's not just
It's a four-stroke rudiment that's
Right, left,
right, right.
Left, right, left, left.
Right, left, right, right.
Left, right, left, left.
And after awhile, you can get going
pretty fast with this if you think of it
just accenting the first note
like that.
So on the harmonica,
what we're gonna do is play,
blow draw, blow blow, as the bounce.
So, blow one, draw one, blow one and two.
That's right, right,
that's right, left, right, right.
And then the left, right, left,
left is draw two, blow two, draw two,
draw one on one breath.
And again,
you're not thinking about the notes.
It's just the rhythmic breathing pattern.
And then the next two holes are
It's a little funny sounding, but
because the threes and the three blow and
the two draw are the same note.
You wouldn't think you'd play those notes,
but those are the ones that come out.
The next one is three and four.
Three blow, four blow on one breath.
And then four, four, four, three.
You keep going up.
Etc, etc.
And then you come down.
So it's something like fiddle tunes.
Like Blackberry Blossom.
When you move them up.
You can move
them over three holes.
Not thinking about the notes, but
a lot of note patterns
will pop out on you.
And this is what's so
interesting about it.
If you just exercise on these things,
not think about the notes,
don't do any of the stuff that I
told you in any of the other parts
of these lessons, these exercises will
allow you to develop some more speed.
And you'll find that when you're playing,
the normal runs that you play,
you've developed coordination
between your blowing out and
drawing in,
from doing rudiments like this, and
there are many more,
which I'll gradually add to the site.
But from doing these rudiments,
you'll develop much more speed that will
allow you to play scales And arpeggios and
all sorts of things like that much more
quickly than you were able to before.
And you can analyze
the breath direction changes.
And do them much more efficiently and not
waste any movement and not waste any air.
And that way you can
really get going fast.