Triple Paradiddle - Drum Rudiment
The triple paradiddle is one of the 40 International Drum Rudiments since 1984. The Percussive Arts Society (P.A.S.) was responsible for its inclusion, after settling on the expansion of the 26 drum rudiments with orchestral, drum corps, European, and contemporary drum rudiments.
The word "paradiddle" in the name of a rudiment means that that particular pattern has two single strokes (para) followed by one set of doubles (diddle). Having "triple" before "paradiddle", means that the "para" is tripled. Thus, we'll be having six single strokes with this paradiddle drum rudiment – R (par) L (a) R (par) L (a) R (par) L (a) R (did) R (dle).
You can think of the triple paradiddle as a double paradiddle played as 16th notes with one extra set of single strokes. So the triple paradiddle combines features from the single and the double paradiddle. If you haven't checked the free drum lessons on how to play the single paradiddle and the double paradiddle, we highly recommend you do so before going through this lesson. Knowing how to play them beforehand will actually make the triple paradiddle an easier pattern to master.
You can move on to learn some triple paradiddle drum beats and drum fill once you're able to play the triple paradiddle with ease and control on a single surface.
Exercise #1 is a 16th note half-time drum beat. The triple paradiddle is spread between the hi-hat and the snare drum. The weaker hand is kept on the snare drum while the stronger hand plays the hi-hat. Once you've been through this exercise as written, move the weaker hand to the hi-hat and the stronger hand to the snare drum while keeping the same sticking pattern going. Play accented strokes on the snare drum on count 2 and on the "e" of count 4. This is a cool way of spicing things up and of coming up with some funky syncopated drum beats.
Exercise #2 is a 16th note half-time drum beat. This pattern is very similar to the previous one. Start by playing the hand pattern from exercise #1. Leave the snare pattern as is and play the hi-hat pattern on the bow of the ride cymbal instead. Once that's mastered, remove the bass drum stroke on the "and" of count 1 and add strokes on all the quarter notes. This bass drum pattern is fairly simple. You can however add your own bass drum patterns to work on limb independence and on your own creativity.
Exercise #3 is a 16th note drum fill. For the first two counts the snare drum notes are ghosted while the tom strokes are accented. In the last two counts the ghosted notes are played on the floor tom as the remaining drums get the accented strokes. This drum fill features a very melodic pattern that comes to show that with a little bit of imagination and a lot of experimentation you can create some insanely creative patterns.
Exercise #4 is another very creative 16th note drum fill. This pattern features two triple paradiddles. The weaker hand is kept on the hi-tom while the stronger hand moves around the drums for the first triple paradiddle. The stronger hand is kept on floor tom while the weaker hand moves around the drums for the second triple paradiddle.
Once you're able to play the triple paradiddle 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 paradiddle-diddle next.