There's something I've been wondering for a while now. What is the origin of the paradiddle and what was it's use? As drum-set players we use the paradiddle, and rudiments derived from it to get around the kit in interesting ways and to play interesting rhythms. However, the paradiddle predates the kit. So what's the use of a paradiddle on a single surface, like a snare drum? My guess is that the paradiddle was invented simply to play faster. I can play accented paradiddles faster than the equivalent single stroke roll. The singles in a paradiddle allow for a strong accent, whilst the doubles allow for speed. I'm not sure about this though, so can anyone back me up on this?