I have wondered why some people insist that paradiddles are crucial. This vid explained it in a way that was understandable to my inexpert understanding, gave a good way to verbalize the concepts. Right on Dorothea and Drumeo
No doubt at all drumming is a great activity for our brains and even the rest of us.
I think any time you push your brain into uncomfortable territory and force it to do things that aren't easy you grow a little. That can be paradiddles or it can be taking apart someone's solo, or it can be writing music or learning a totally new style. For me, usually dry regurgitation of the basics are sometimes hard to get good value from because I don't find it fun. As a parallel I hate doing math problems listed on a page, but I love working out the dimensions of something I'm building or working on in the world.Well sure. I think the hard coordination stuff, like paradiddles and linear stuff and 4-way independence is really important for brain health, though. Almost as important as working on having a deep, deep, stanky groove.
When you're moving around the drumset, transitioning between elements, being able to switch hands on the fly is crucial. And paradiddles let you do that.
I believe that's what's called "practicing paradiddles". Not to be snarky of course. Somebody like maybe Alan Dawson (?) said something to the effect that everybody is playing rudiments, some just don't know it.Right but the same can be accomplished by simply working on doing doubles and singles in different combinations and accents. I think there's certainly value to rudiments if you enjoy doing compound rudiment work, but it's not a requirement unless you're doing marching stuff.