Dragadiddle #1 - Drum Rudiment

The dragadiddle #1, which is also known as drag paradiddle #1, was one of the patterns chosen to take part in the 26 American Drum Rudiments by members of the National Association of Rudimental Drummers (N.A.R.D.) in 1936. In 1984, the 26 drum rudiments were joined by 14 other drum rudiments, giving birth to the 40 International Drum Rudiments.

It's very important you learn how to play the single paradiddle and the drag ruff before you give this lesson a whirl. This is so because the dragadiddle #1 incorporates a dragged single paradiddle.

Dragadiddle #1

Once the dragadiddle #1 feels comfortable to you, you can move away from the single surface you're practicing it with and move it around the drum set. You can do so with the following drum beats and drum fills where the dragadiddle #1 is inverted. So instead of starting the dragadiddle #1 with the quarter note single, you'll start with the dragged 16th note single paradiddle instead. This comes in handy when you're writing drum beats that feature a strong backbeat.

Exercise #1 is a 16th note drum beat. The dragadiddle #1 is scattered between the hi-hat and the snare drum. This drum beat may be a little tough to start out since the grace notes on the first drag ruff precede count 1. If you have to, practice playing a drag ruff on counts 1 and 3 just to get the right feel for it. Once you have that happening, play the dragadiddle #1 as notated.

Dragadiddle #1 - 1

Exercise #2 is a 16th note drum beat. This exercise is similar to the previous one. Here, the snare strokes on exercise #1 are played on the hi-hat instead – except for the snare shot on count 2 – while the hi-hat strokes are moved to the ride cymbal. Count 4 has a small change in the form of a snare shot as well.

Dragadiddle #1 - 2

The stock 8th note drum beat played before the next two drum fills has an 8th note rest on the "and" of count 4. You may have to resort to this kind of tactics to make sure these drum fills are played accurately, since the grace notes are played just before count 1.

Exercise #3 is a 16th note drum fill. This is a very cool sounding pattern that includes some cymbal action. It's imperative you lead the first dragadiddle #1 with your stronger hand. This will enable you to perform the double on the "and" of count 1 with a lot more ease. You'll have to lead the second dragadiddle #1 with your weaker hand so that you can easily reach out for the hi-tom.

Dragadiddle #1 - 3

Exercise #4 is a 16th note drum fill. This exercise has the exact same rhythmic pattern as the one on exercise #3. It's the stroke orchestration that gives this drum fill its own flavor. This is another great example of how you can come up with a lot of different drum fills by orchestrating the strokes differently.

Dragadiddle #1 - 4

Once you're able to play the dragadiddle #1 and the exercises herein accurately, you can move on to further expand your knowledge on the 40 drum rudiments. We encourage you to learn how to play the dragadiddle #2 next.