Bassology Lesson 2

Bassology Lesson #2

More Paradiddles

These are more paradiddles utilizing some different concepts. I will be posting recorded examples of each of these paradiddles very soon, so keep checking back for that update.

These paradiddles are very similar to the first ones, but instead of starting with the right hand, they start with the left hand. You'll find that once you start these patterns with the left hand, the sequence is identical to the patterns that start with the right hand. The difference being the left hand is now on the strong beats and the right hand is now on the weak beats of the 16th note sequence, therefore making the groove different. I personally find that the patterns that start with the left hand 'groove' a little more, but they're a little harder to do with the metronome.

SL T SL P
SL P SL T
SL T SL T SL P
SL T SL P1 SL P2
SL T SL T SL P SL T SL P1 SL P2

This paradiddle utilized a 'triplet' in the beginning in the space of the first two 16th notes.

{T SL T} P SL T SL P1 SL P2 SL T SL P SL T SL

This next paradiddle has a Latin flavor. It's actually a conga part with the thumped open 'A' string simulating the 'high' conga and the thumped open 'E' string simulating the 'low' conga. This pattern also doesn't follow the alternating left/right sequence. I like to practice this pattern to a Latin drum beat on my drum machine. Where you see the letter 'A' and the letter 'E', that means thump the corresponding open strings.

SL T P SL T SL A A SL P SL E E SL A A

Using Flicks (there is a description of how to do the 'Flick down' and the 'Flick up' in Lesson # 1). Remember to extend your hand and your fingers all the way when you are flicking down like you're flicking a 'booger' off the end of your finger (hee hee!). Even though I do the motion with all the fingers of my hand, I only make contact with the tip of my middle finger nail on the 'Fd' and the tip of my middle finger on the 'Fu'.

T SL P1 P2 SL Fd Fu SL Fd SL P1 P2 SL Fd Fu SL

I've come up with hundreds of these. I will post some, most of them I won't post. I'd rather for people to take these simple concepts and expand on them on their own instead of following a pre-existing example.