Using paradiddles to create an effective drum kit warm up routine

We recently looked at an article that showed paradiddle inversions. Here we are looking at standard paradiddles but in each one we will move the accent along.

The video below demonstrates this at a slow speed so you can learn it gradually. We often learn the paradiddle with an accent on the first note. This exercise sees the accent move across every 16th note position in the bar to give you the freedom to play an accent anywhere you like.

This is very important to allow you to bring dynamics into your drum grooves and fills. Exercises like this give you total freedom to play in a musical way, and the nature of the paradiddle also makes this pattern very easy to move around the kit and get creative.

Learn each exercise individually and slowly before playing them all together as a sequence.