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paradiddle Syllabification: par·a·did·dle
Pronunciation: /ˈparəˌdidl/

Definition of paradiddle in English:


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.
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.


1920s: imitative.

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