The life and times of ParadODDle Onasis!


Here are the three main paradiddles .........


Single Paradiddle

2/4

1&2& | 1&2&

RLRR | LRLL


Double paradiddle

3/4

1&2&3& | 1&2&3&

RLRLRR | LRLRLL


Triple Paradiddle

4/4

1&2&3&4& | 1&2&3&4&

RLRLRLRR | LRLRLRLL


Each has a right side and a left side; there are three right side possibilities and three left possibilities; by simply mixing them up we can create odd-time signatures ..... and therein lays the key to many Zappaesque odd-time excursions ....


simply make combinations of two, three and four to make the time you want, then go sick until it feels natural!

... here are some ideas to get you started ...


5/4

3 + 2

RLRLRR LRLL | RLRLRR LRLL

2 + 3

RLRR LRLRLL | RLRR LRLRLL


7/4

4 + 3

RLRLRLRR LRLRLL | RLRLRLRR LRLRLL

3 + 4

RLRLRR LRLRLRLL | RLRLRR LRLRLRLL


9/4

4 + 3 +2

RLRLRLRR LRLRLL RLRR | LRLRLRLL RLRLRR LRLL

2 + 3 + 4

RLRR LRLRLL RLRLRLRR | LRLL RLRLRR LRLRLRLL

11/4

2 + 2 + 3 + 4

RLRR LRLL RLRLRR LRLRLRLL

3 + 2 + 3 + 3

RLRLRR LRLL RLRLRR LRLRLL


13/4

4 + 3 + 4 + 2

RLRLRLRR LRLRLL RLRLRLRR LRLL

2 + 3 + 4 + 4

RLRR LRLRLL RLRLRLRR LRLRLRLL


15/4

3 + 3 + 2 + 2 + 3 + 2

RLRLRR LRLRLL RLRR LRLL RLRLRR LRLL

2 + 2 + 3 + 3 + 2 + 3

RLRR LRLL RLRLRR LRLRLL RLRR LRLRLL


17/4

4 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 2 + 2

RLRLRLRR LRLL RLRLRR LRLRLRLL RLRR LRLL

3 + 2 + 2 + 3 + 3 + 4

RLRLRR LRLL RLRR LRLRLL RLRLRR LRLRLRLL


19/4

4 + 3 + 4 + 2 + 3 + 3

RLRLRLRR LRLRLL RLRLRLRR LRLL RLRLRR LRLRLL

2 + 3 + 4 + 3 + 4 + 3

RLRR LRLRLL RLRLRLRR LRLRLL RLRLRLRR LRLRLL

21/4

3 + 3 + 2 + 4 + 2 + 3 + 2 + 2

RLRLRR LRLRLL RLRR LRLRLRLL RLRR LRLRLL RLRR LRLL

2 + 3 + 4 + 2 + 2 + 3 + 2 + 3

RLRR LRLRLL RLRLRLRR LRLL RLRR LRLRLL RLRR LRLRLL

yes, you can drive yourself demented working out the possibilities, but before you do; move the stickings around the kit to create some fascinating phrases .....