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paradiddle

[par-uh-did-l] /ˈpær əˌdɪd l/
noun
1.
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
1925-1930
1925-30; staccato syllables partly imitative; cf. diddle2; perhaps with para-1 facetiously representing the alternation
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Examples for paradiddle
  • In nervous moments he was prone to tapping a soft paradiddle with a cigarette.
British Dictionary definitions for paradiddle

paradiddle

/ˈpærəˌdɪdəl/
noun
1.
a group of four drum beats produced by using alternate sticks in the pattern right-left-right-right or left-right-left-left
Word Origin
C20: of imitative origin
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