Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A pattern of drumbeats characterized by four basic beats and alternating left-handed and right-handed strokes on the successive primary beats.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. 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’

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The sound of a drum (especially a snare drum) beaten rapidly and continuously.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the sound of a drum (especially a snare drum) beaten rapidly and continuously

Etymologies

Probably imitative.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Imitative. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The paradiddle is another important snare drum rudiment that will help one get a handle on the sticks.

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  • I never sat in a room and tried to copy records or practice a paradiddle.

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  • Or if one starts with the left hand the paradiddle looks like this:

    ParaMonday « Fairegarden

  • I am very familiar with the paradiddle after having taught many beginning percussionsists how to play one!

    ParaMonday « Fairegarden

  • The basic paradiddle is played by the hands with the following repeating pattern:

    ParaMonday « Fairegarden

  •   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.

    Moe Tucker

  •   Finally, I get the flam paradiddle-diddles going and I begin my accelerando.

    Moe Tucker

  •   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.

    Moe Tucker

  •   She uses fat marching sticks, her hands arthritic, weightless flam paradiddle-diddles tossed off left and right, her accelerando poised and controlled.

    Moe Tucker

  • 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.

    Moe Tucker

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  • Interesting c_b!

    September 27, 2007

  • One of the basic patterns (rudiments) of drumming, consisting of four even strokes played in the order ‘left right left left’ or ‘right left right right’.

    So called (I am told) because you can think "pa-ra-did-dle" as you're learning to play one.

    February 14, 2007