In his first guest contribution, Canadian drummer Mark Ayton gives us a primer to get started turning the paradiddle sticking into some funky drumset grooves. Check it out!

Basic pattern:

With bass drum 8th notes:

With bass drum 16th notes:

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Mark Ayton is a multi-instrumentalist musician, composer and teacher living in Stratford, Ontario – home to the world-renowned Stratford Shakespeare Festival. He also owns The Music Room Bed & Breakfast above his home studio, so make sure to swing by and stay there if you find yourself touring through Mark’s neck of the woods!

You can connect with Mark on his website ( ), YouTube ( ) and on Twitter ( @ayton_mark )

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