Dragadiddle #2 - Drum Rudiment

The dragadiddle #2, which is also known as drag paradiddle #2, 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.

You can think of the dragadiddle #2 as a dragadiddle #1 that features an extra dragged 8th note. Therefore, learning how to play the dragadiddle #1 will make it a lot easier to master the dragadiddle #2 and the material included in this free drum lesson.

Dragadiddle #2

Once you're able to play the dragadiddle #2 with control and consistent sounding strokes, you can move on to learn how to apply the dragadiddle #2 to the following drum beats and drum fills.

Exercise #1 is a 16th note half-time drum beat with a broken hi-hat pattern. This pattern features two dragadiddle #2 that are played between the hi-hat and the snare drum. This drum beat is all about the hand pattern. So make sure you're able to play the dragadiddles with consistent sounding and controlled strokes before messing around with different bass drum patterns.

Dragadiddle #2 - 1

Exercise #2 is a 16th note drum beat. If you've mastered exercise #1 this one will be a walk in the park. Start by playing the previous drum beat as written and move the hi-hat pattern to the ride cymbal instead. Once that's happening, move the snare shots on count 3 to the hi-tom and add an extra bass drum stroke on the "and" of count 1.

Dragadiddle #2 - 2

Exercise #3 is a 16th note drum fill. Both dragadiddles in this drum fill are heavily played on the floor tom. Since these drums have very soggy surfaces, you won't be able to play consistent sounding double strokes by just bouncing. In the free drum lesson on the double stroke roll you'll find a bunch of tips that will help get around this problem. Check that lesson and apply the concepts discussed there to this exercise.

Dragadiddle #2 - 3

Exercise #4 is a 16th note drum fill. The bass drum combined with the open hi-hat adds a totally different texture to this drum fill. Experiment playing this very cool combination within other drum fills as well - you'll be surprised at what you'll be able to come up with.

Dragadiddle #2 - 4

Once you're able to play the dragadiddle #2 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 single ratamacue next.