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Paradiddle Accent Variations

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If you are looking for ways to change up the paradiddle accents then check out this video. It implies you have a good understanding of how to play the paradiddle with Moeller. If you need a refresher, you can check out the Paradiddle speed builder lesson.

Paradiddle Speed Builders

Download Moeller Paradiddle Builder Exercises

I wrote a Moeller Paradiddle builder for one of my students but you guys might like it too so check it out the content above. Basically it’s breaking down the Moeller paradiddle into two builder exercises.

The first builder is just the Moeller paradiddle without the last diddle. The objective here is to focus on this alternating down up tap or what some people call the wave.

The second builder which is just the first five beats of a paradiddle-so we’re focusing on building one side of the diddles at a time. The objective here is to pay equal attention to each side of the diddles.

In the PDF there are some suggestions for exercises that combine both builders and the complete paradiddle.

These exercise builders can help build fast and clean paradiddles while utilizing the Moeller technique. Now go and practice and have fun with it!

NewGrip Wrist Support Wraps

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NewGrip is a family run business based in Portland, Oregon that started out developing gloves for weight lifting, crossfit, and rowing circa 1995. The gloves are a two part system including both hand pads and wrist supports, which can function together or separately.

Early on they found that they had a lot of customers who started using their wrist supports for daily activities like typing and gardening. The customers who really seemed to love the wrist supports were musicians and so they decided to expand their marketing for all the activities that people were using them for. I’m glad they did because a few years back when I was looking for relief for my carpal tunnel syndrome I found them online and they worked wonders for me.

Since then I’ve been mostly pain free until Jan 2nd of this year when my beautiful baby girl was born into this world. Between my daily activities of drumming, working on the computer and caring for my newborn baby, I experienced a painful carpal tunnel flare up in my right hand and wrist that negatively impacted my drumming.

So I started wearing my wrist supports as much as possible during the day and sometimes even at night. The supports had their work cut out since it seemed like every waking hour was spent utilizing the same muscles in my arms and especially my wrists. After two weeks I started feeling some relief and after four weeks I felt my playing was back to 100 percent.

NewGrip’s muscle and tendon support increases the blood flow to the wrists, which sends more oxygen and nutrients to the problem area. You can check out newgrip.com to find out more info about the the science behind it.

They are made in the USA which is great! I also must admit they look pretty handsome on the wrists! Kudos to a great company that has helped so many people!

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HingeStix Learning Tool – Review

I’ve been meaning to write a review for the HingeStix sticks since I started recommending them last year. Basically, they are a training tool to help teach students the correct way to hold the sticks.

Drum educator and musician Sam Ruttenberg developed these sticks for his students. Sam decided to create a hinge in the grip area of the stick. His concept was to force a correct grip by only allowing the stick to be held a certain way and operated using a relaxed grip technique. HingeStix won’t produce a good sound if they are being squeezed too tightly and are very hard to operate if all the fingers are not making contact with the sticks. The design of the hinge essentially forces students to play utilizing the stick’s natural rebound.

Sam’s original prototypes had three different grip settings (or hinges) for students to work with. The sticks got picked up by Vic Firth and they decided that only two settings were needed in order to find the optimal grip area.

I’ve found that this tool has helped my students with relaxing their grips while maintaing the correct fulcrum or grip connection points. It has also helped them immensely with keeping all their fingers on the sticks as well as internalizing the feel of the stick’s natural rebound. Also, I think they are great tool for any level player to circle back and check-in with their grip. I’ve been using them to warm up on the drum pad. I also like warming up with them to get my fingers going!

HingeStix are sold by Vic Firth and come in two slightly different models: American Custom SD1 Generalamazonand the American Classic 5Aamazon_linkThe SD1 is slightly more dense in weight and size to the 5A and it has a round tip. I prefer the SD1 to the 5A but either one will do the job!

For more info check out this interview of Sam Ruttenberg by Bart Elliott from Drummer Cafe: