American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A pattern of drumbeats characterized by four basic beats and alternating left-handed and right-handed strokes on the successive primary beats.
- n. music A percussive exercise (one of 26 drum rudiments) which involves playing four even strokes in the order ‘right left right right’ or ‘left right left left’
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The sound of a drum (especially a snare drum) beaten rapidly and continuously.
- n. the sound of a drum (especially a snare drum) beaten rapidly and continuously
- Imitative. (Wiktionary)
- Probably imitative. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The paradiddle is another important snare drum rudiment that will help one get a handle on the sticks.”
“I never sat in a room and tried to copy records or practice a paradiddle.”
“Or if one starts with the left hand the paradiddle looks like this:”
“I am very familiar with the paradiddle after having taught many beginning percussionsists how to play one!”
“The basic paradiddle is played by the hands with the following repeating pattern:”
“ I'm fine with left-handed flam paradiddle-diddles because I'm right-handed, but Mrs. Karash expects me to alternate left and right, and to accelerando, until I'm playing flam paradiddle-diddles fast like syncopated rolls.”
“ Finally, I get the flam paradiddle-diddles going and I begin my accelerando.”
“ I take a deep breath and try again, spitting out a right-handed flam paradiddle-diddle, then a sound from the drum like wiping out on my bicycle, and my sticks come to rest with a buzz.”
“ She uses fat marching sticks, her hands arthritic, weightless flam paradiddle-diddles tossed off left and right, her accelerando poised and controlled.”
“I take a deep breath and try again, spitting out a right-handed flam paradiddle-diddle, then a sound from the drum like wiping out on my bicycle, and my sticks come to rest with a buzz.”
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