paradiddle is a basic drum rudiment used in many pieces of music.  They contain four strokes, whether it be eighth notes, sixteenth notes, or any note. A Paradiddle is not a roll, but a diddle may be used as a short double-stroke roll.

Paradiddle VariationsEdit

Single ParadiddleEdit

A single paradiddle consists of two single strokes and then two hits on the same hand. (Shown in the picture above). The basic sticking is either R-L-R-R or L-R-L-L.

Double ParadiddleEdit

A double paradiddle consists of four single strokes and then teo hits on the same hand.  The sticking for this is

R-L-R-L-R-R or L-R-L-R-L-L

Triple ParadiddleEdit

A triple paradiddle follows the same exact pattern as before except adding two more single strokes. In total, six single strokes and two hits on the same hand.  The sticking is R-L-R-L-R-L-R-R or L-R-L-R-L-R-L-L.


Paradiddle-Diddles are played as two single strokes on different hands, than two diddles.  The sticking is R-L-R-R-L-L or L-R-L-L-R-R.

Other VariationsEdit

Some that aren't heard of as much as parapadiddles, played as R-L-R-L-L or L-R-L-R-R.