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Skratch Lessons: Paradiddle

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[MUSIC]
All right a Paradiddle.
If you're a musician, or
if you talk to musicians, they'll tell you
about rudiments and stuff.
And drummers always.
Do this thing with their legs.
They tap on their legs and they call it
the paradiddle.
But anyway, the paradiddle if you're
drumming, it's right left right
right left right left left right left
right right left right left left.
Anyway it's I think it's eight notes,
right.
Right, left, right, right, left, right,
left, left.
Yeah, it's eight notes.
So, right, left, right, right, left,
right, left, left.
So if you're scratching, the right would
be forward and the left would be backward.
So it's forward, backward, forward,
forward, backward, forward, backward,
backward, forward, right.
Did I do that right?
Well, you get it, right?
So, oh, we'll have a graphic here.
We will put a graph right here, put a
graph right here.
You know right, left, right, left, right
left, so whatever.
So forward, backward, forward, forward,
backward,
forward, backward, backward is paradiddle.
Let's try that.
[MUSIC]
And that's a paradiddle,
there's millions of these paradiddles,
I mean of these rudiments, paradiddles,
whatever, how many paradiddles are there?
Do you guys know?
There's infinity, right?
Probably?
Well that's.
A basic paradiddle right there.
Anyway so it's it's forward, backwards,
forward, forward,
backwards, forward, backwards, backwards.
And that's a paradelle.
[MUSIC]
And
if you switch up the where it starts,
it'll will sound kind of weird.
[MUSIC]
What's really
important is it teaches you to how to
switch from going backwards and forwards.
It's basically stabs, you know, forward,
backward, whatever.
What I said.
But it's, it's basically stabs.
I'm sure you could do other, other things.
Like, if you got really good, you can, I
guess you could chirp them.
Or you can, one click them, you know?
Let's not get into that right now,
cuz I just kind of made that up, i'll have
to practice it.
But, that's what they a paradiddle is.
If you get a book, a drummer book it has a
bunch of rudiments in there, and
when, when it talks about right, left
right, life right left right right,
you could change the the meaning of it to
forward and backwards and
you can practice all these different
rudiments, it's really, really cool to do.
I used to have a drum book I lost it
somewhere but,
should be around here somewhere but, yeah
check that out.
If you go to a drum store, look for
rudiments.
[MUSIC]
And those are paradiddles.
Send me a video of some different
rudiments that you guys got and
we'll share it with everyone else and,
yeah.
It's really cool.
Very, very important, all these different
numbers and, and
exercises you can do to broaden your
pattern world.
[MUSIC]