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Pogo Inverts a Paradiddle! And Starts Tweaking DRUMSTICKS!!!

Posted by fiddlepogo on Thursday, October 31, 2013

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I was discussing drum rudiments with an illustrious member of the Fiddle Hangout who is also a drummer, and has been giving me tips! (THANKS!)

How he described a paradiddle was the reverse of how I had been doing it.... and sure enough, I had reversed it!!!

I asked the drummer who originally showed me the paradiddle if it was legit to reverse it, and he said yeah, it's called an Inverted Paradiddle!

So now, after practicing the true Paradiddle some,  I'm alternating normal and inverted paradiddles.

One of the local stores has buckets of cheap factory second sticks- $3 a pair, which is about my speed!  I figured out from the tips and the colors of some of the colored ones which models of Vic Firth sticks they were, even though the model designations have been removed or were never put on.  They are straight, but the weight seems to vary from stock.   Noticing some small paint bubbles near the tip of one, it occurred to me that maybe the factory seconds were rejected because they got shot with a little too much paint.  So I've been polishing them with a clean coffee filter, and it helps!   I also like to polish the tips of sticks that seem too heavy and loud, and that helps too.  I tend to like sticks with wooden barrel tips, and fairly light sticks too.

I suddenly discovered the ability to bounce the left hand stick a lot easier about a week ago, to match the right hand, so it's even MORE fun.

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