Definition of paradiddle in English:

paradiddle

Line breaks: para|did¦dle
Pronunciation: /ˈparəˌdɪd(ə)l
 
/

noun

Music
  • 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’.
    More example sentences
    • Yet right from the start - that bass-drum paradiddle with a percussive undercurrent that sounds like the rattle of a stage thunder machine - the recording is downright witty in its sonic variations.
    • The chief use of paradiddles is a base on which to develop beats.
    • Paradiddles are a rudimentary exercise for stick drummers and can be useful for learning the "handing" for djembe.

Origin

1920s: imitative.

More definitions of paradiddle

Definition of paradiddle in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day skosh
Pronunciation: skəʊʃ
noun
a small amount; a little