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’.

    • ‘The chief use of paradiddles is a base on which to develop beats.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Paradiddles are a rudimentary exercise for stick drummers and can be useful for learning the "handing" for djembe.’

Origin

1920s: imitative.

Pronunciation:

paradiddle

/ˈparəˌdɪd(ə)l/