The paradiddle is one of the most frequently used rudiments, yet many players haven’t tapped into its natural ability to develop accent and tap control. If you play paradiddles without a clear accent on the first beat, the rudiment can sound monotonous. But building your paradiddle chops using clear accents—made possible through downstroke/upstroke control—will allow you to play paradiddles and other compound stickings with more dynamic expression.