Sunday Session #20: Paradiddle Jam


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Sunday Session #20: Paradiddle Jam




Sometimes we spend so much time trying to make things technically and mechanically perfect, we actually train the “feel” out of the music we’re playing. On this rainy Sunday, we look at how we can inject some groove and jams into our practice sessions.

Because this week is a heavy audition week, we’re ending Season 2 with a fun lesson, working our diddle rudiments. Check out the PDF download for 3 examples of some diddle groove patterns with shifting accents and syncopated patterns, all based on our various diddle rudiment patterns.

The goal is for you to begin thinking about how you can create your own grooves and feels. Work these patterns with a metronome beeping on 2 & 4, or better yet, play along to some of your favorite tracks!

Also this week, we’ll be doing a #Huei5for5!! Practice and Periscope 5 minutes for 5 days in a row, working either one of the patterns from this week’s handout, or start making up your own. For those that complete all 5 days, I’ll select one person to win their choice of one installment from the Marching Percussion Playbook + a free 30min video lesson with me:

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To make sure I see your broadcast, make sure to share on Twitter and tag me @hueiyuanpan. As usual, I’ll be doing the #Huei5for5 as well, so feel free to watch and join in the fun as well!


Matt R.

I just wanted to send a quick shoutout to say that I LOVE everything that you’re doing on social media. Aside from how informative and useful all of the information is for young percussionists, I think your method gets people excited about drumming and it’s fun to see you truly make an impact in the drumming community.

     It also gives me inspiration to believe that everyone’s journey with music is what you make of it and whatever you want it to be! Best wishes to the family and I’d love to get together next time I’m in LA!

Thanks, Matt – your note made my day. Let’s definitely get together next time you’re in town 🙂

Also special thanks to this week’s Superfans – the people who watch and engage the most on Periscope:

Marlon Galdamez @Marlon_Galdamez

HTHS Drumline @HTHSDrumline

Cullen McBride @cwmcbride62

Sketchers @sketchers8413

Hannah @hannah__drums__45

Frank Sanchez @ccffrank

Cady Rancourt @Cadyranc

Jessica Johnson @jsjohns

Miles @Not_Miles_Davis

Landon Davis @CHSsnare94

I really appreciate you and EVERYONE that’s watching – thank you for your time and support!

Part I: Paradiddle Jam

Target specific measures

Analyze how they are just diddle rudiments with diferent accent patterns

Loop repetitions

Part 2: Questions/Comments


Hey Huei! I’ve been reading your PERISCOPE SEASON 1 Complete Lesson Pack and I’m really interested to see some examples of your old practice journals! I’ve tried multiple times to keep one and I never go through with it because I always end up setting too many goals. Plus I don’t know how I should organize my journal when I’m trying to practice for 3 different instruments. I would really love to hear ur input about this when you get a chance!

Answer in Lesson Replay at 36min mark 

Part 3: Lightning Round Q & A

What programs are you using to edit your images and page layouts?

Lightroom and Pages

Are these the end of lessons?

Of course not!  End of Season 2, but there are plans for upcoming guest lessons, video challenges, and prodcut releases. Thanks for asking, and stay tuned 🙂

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Huei-Yuan Pan is a Los Angeles based musician via Chicago, originally from Houston. His drum corps experience includes performing with the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps (Snare, 2001) and The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps (Snare, 2002-2003; Front Ensemble, 2004). From 2008-2011, Huei served as Director and Arranger for Green Thunder Percussion, and in 2012-2013, Percussion Caption Head with Regiment. He is currently the Director of the Jumpstart Young Musicians Program at The Colburn School in downtown Los Angeles. For more on Huei, click here.

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