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!
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 Generaland the American Classic 5AThe 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:
We will miss Lou Reed. Lou was and still is such an inspiration and influence for so many artists. His legacy is massive. I was able to dig out this Velvet Underground cover we played from the Changing Modes video archives. The gig was from 2012 at Arlene’s Grocery in the East Village. For better or for worse the band let me sing lead on this one :)
Just a short Moeller exercise based off the Moeller triplet (Down, Up, Tap) that will help with moving the accents to each note of the triplet. Pay close attention to the Moeller strokes listed above the notes and watch the video demonstration above!