Paradiddle Speed Exercises

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I wrote a few Moeller Paradiddle exercises for one of my students but you guys might like it too so check 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 lesson PDF the strokes are notated as either Down, Up, or Tap. Also, 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!

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Double Strokes using the Moeller Technique

One of the ways we can produce a double stroke roll :RRLLRRLL: is by using the Moeller Technique. To get the double stroke using Moeller you simply play a downstroke followed by an upstroke with the same hand. The video above demonstrates what that looks like.

If your just starting out on the drums the Moeller technique is a good technique to learn, and it can be applied to so many rudiments. The double stroke (also called the long roll) is one of the most important rudiments because it is the building block of so many other rudiments. Getting double strokes to sound even and consistent takes daily exercise.

So go practice and have fun!

Lesson 25 rudiment with Moeller

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You can apply the Moeller technique to most of the 40 essential drum rudiments. However, there are some rudiments that lend themselves very well to a natural Moeller movement, and can be played moeller-esque without even thinking about the technique. Lesson 25 is one of those rudiments.


In the above video I’m playing the Lesson 25 rudiment as notated with the Moeller strokes below, but at the same time I’m playing what is natural for my body movements.