Rock Perspectives

Part 5: Paradiddle-Based Hand Patterns

by Todd Vinciguerra

In this lesson we’ll explore double bass groove ideas that incorporate paradiddle-based hand patterns. Remember to play to a metronome or click track, and start off slowly and master each exercise before increasing the speed. To take the exercises a step further, turn them into two- or four-bar repeating phrases. The bass drum patterns can be played leading with either foot, or even with double strokes. Experiment, and have fun!Paradiddle-based hand patterns 1Paradiddle-based hand patterns 2

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Todd “Vinny” Vinciguerra is the author of several drum instructional books. His latest, Double Basics: Complete Double Bass Drum Book, is available through Mel Bay. For more info, visit