TikTak’s Paradiddle tutorial transcript
Hi this is TikTak from beatbox.guru and today I’m gonna show you beatbox paradidles in this paradiddle tutorial.
Paradidles are basic drum rudiments that are often used for learning drum patterns and hand coordination in drumming on a drum set. Paradidles use alternating Left and Right hand strokes to organize your rhythm. It’s a great exercise for drummers and a few years ago I’ve adapted it for beatboxing as well.
For a single paradidle you keep following this pattern of eighth notes in a 4/4 metrum: ‘R(ight) R(ight) L(eft) R(ight) L(eft) L(eft) R(ight) L(eft)’. So there’s one, two, one, one and then the other way round: two, one, two, two. If we use beatbox drum sounds in this pattern, it’s important to choose sounds that don’t use the same parts of your mouth. I’ve chosen the kick P and the rimshot K. Using them in the single paradidle, we get “P K P P K P K K”. After a few repetitions you’ll learn it by heart easily. Start by practicing slow and then gradually increase the tempo.
After a while, we can complicate things a bit.
Let’s switch the pattern a bit, by moving the first sound to the end of the pattern. This results in “K P P K P K K P”. Then we can alternate the first and the second pattern. Try it and don’t get lost! Later, we can add a third pattern, by moving another sound from the beginning to the end of the pattern. This way we get a third pattern and more possibilities to switch that around.
When you get better and better in switching patterns, you can switch sounds inside the patterns. For example, switch the kick for a hi-hat and switch the rimshot for an electro snare — and play around with it even more.
As a bonus, try what’s called a “double paradidle”. It goes like: “P K P K P P K P K P K K”, so “one two one two one one, two one two one two two”. You can also displace the rhythm, I mean move the first sound to the end of the pattern, making it even more fun!
Enjoy the paradidle tutorial and please show me some other ways that you use them in your beatbox practice!
Paradiddle tutorial for drumming
For additional practice, check out this paradiddle tutorial for drumming: