This came up in my own practice today, and I went ahead and wrote it up. I’ve been doing a fair amount of this kind of thing lately- straight conditioning for getting around the drums- mostly using the very traditional Joe Cusatis books. I try not to think of this as learning licks; it’s more about programming into my muscle memory some moves that I might not do on the fly. First inversion paradiddles (that’s the RLLR LRRL sticking) are one of the key patterns for playing “hip”, and I use them a lot, so they’re a more logical starting place for me than regular paradiddles.


  • Practice measures individually, then in the following sequence:
    Ex. 1-2, 1-3, 1-4… 2-3, 2-4, 2-5… 3-4, 3-5, 3-6… etc.
    On sequences, play each measure once or twice:
    Ex. 1-2-1-2…, or 1-1-2-2-1-1-2-2… etc.
  • Notes in parenthesis are for making transitions between exercises without a crossover.
  • Practice these in the quarter note = 120-160 range. You should be able to fly around the drums with these.
  • Typo alert: Ex.8, second beat- play the right hand double on the floor tom.

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