para diddle

paradiddle

[par-uh-did-l]
noun
an exercise or sequence performed typically on the snare drum, marked by four basic beats with alternation of the right hand and left hand on successive strong beats, and begun and ended slowly with a dramatic increase in tempo in the middle.

Origin:
1925–30; staccato syllables partly imitative; cf. diddle2; perhaps with para-1 facetiously representing the alternation

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paradiddle (ˈpærəˌdɪdəl)
 
n
a group of four drum beats produced by using alternate sticks in the pattern right-left-right-right or left-right-left-left
 
[C20: of imitative origin]

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