This exercise is focusing on accent to taps to accented paradiddles. It’s a simple 1/8– 1/16 note piece, but we are using odd groupings of 5,7, and 9 and then filling in the gaps with single paradiddles and then double paradiddles. For those who don’t know, a single paradiddle is RLRR or LRLL and a double is RLRLRR or LRLRLL.
5/4 section: Here we have two accents per grouping of 5. First on the R hand and then on the L hand. The paradiddle section is one R hand lead single paradiddle follows by a L hand lead double paradiddle. This is then repeated.
7/4 section: We have three accents per grouping of 7. First bar is with the R handed and the second bar is L handed. The paradiddle section is two single paradiddles (R then L) followed by a R hand double paradiddle. This then switches the sticking around for the second pass of the 1/16 note section. Second part is two single paradiddle (now L then R) and then a L handed double paradiddle, bringing you back to your R hand for the start of the 9/4 section.
9/4 section: In this section we have four accents per grouping of 9. First bar is played with the R hand and the second bar is played with the L hand. The paradiddle section is three single paradiddles (R,L,R) then a L hand lead double paradiddle. This is then repeated.
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