Definition of paradiddle in English:

paradiddle

noun

Music
  • One of the basic patterns (rudiments) of drumming, consisting of four even strokes played in the order left-right-left-left or right-left-right-right.

    ‘Yet right from the start - that bass-drum paradiddle with a percussive undercurrent that sounds like the rattle of a stage thunder machine - the recording is downright witty in its sonic variations.’
    • ‘The chief use of paradiddles is a base on which to develop beats.’
    • ‘Paradiddles are a rudimentary exercise for stick drummers and can be useful for learning the "handing" for djembe.’

Pronunciation

paradiddle

/ˈparəˌdidl/ /ˈpærəˌdɪdl/

Origin

Mid 19th century imitative.