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Thursday word: paradiddle

(Scheduling this ahead of time, because I'll be AFK all holiday weekend.)

paradiddle (PAR-uh-did-l) - n., in drumming, a steady 4-beat pattern of right-left-right-right and/or left-right-left-left.

Usually done slower than a roll. This, including variations, is a basic drum rudiment -- patterns you need to be able to bang out steadily as a core skill. The diddle part is the repeated right-right or left-left (origin unknown), and the para- seems to be humorously indicating the doubling -- or that's the standard theory.

Finally warmed up, he got the flam paradiddle-diddles going and began an accelerando.

Tags: english, noun, p

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