Marching Percussion Playbook Vol 3: Diddle Me This

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Marching Percussion Playbook Vol 3: Diddle Me This

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"Riddle Me This" is a phrase meant to ask someone to explain something. In this lesson, I explain in depth how the 4 standard diddle rudiments are derived, and more importantly, the things you should be looking for and thinking about while learning and playing them. If you follow the step-by-step process of how to build your diddle rudiments, you'll be properly set up to play with accurate rhythms, heights and sound quality; all the fundamentals you'll need to have in place before you start to go fast!  

This is a must for the music reference libraries of anyone teaching or learning in a beginning percussion class through world class level drumline!


I can't imagine in high school having immediate access to a former Cavalier snare, Front Ensemble member, or a Phantom Regiment Snare Tech/Caption Head! The percussion community is extremely fortunate that he has begun to professionally deliver his curriculum and video lessons in a format accessible to the world. Huei has quickly risen to the top, and is setting the new standard for online percussion education.

  Bradley Lomax - Owner and Founder of Beetle Percussion

Huei has been able to touch thousands of lives through music in a positive way, via his extensive institutional, drum corps, winter guard, and social media presence. These content-rich handouts are an excellent way for drummers, beginner and advanced alike, to develop their fundamental skills, many of which are often neglected when practicing. Any drummer who wants to gain valuable insight into what makes the difference between the amateur and the professional musician needs to check out Huei's creation!

  Devon Koning - Glassmen, Phantom Regiment, Blue Coats, Rhythm X, MSU Spartan Drumline

As a relatively new percussion instructor I am looking for ways to optimize instructional time with my line. I've used, with great success, excerpts from the free Periscope lesson handouts, information contained in the actual broadcasts, and instructional progressions contained therein. My students have greatly improved their percussion vocabulary and confidence - in large part due to these resources. What better way to support such great resources and an amazing artist than with the Marching Percussion Playbook?!

  Matt Carity - Percussion Instructor, Columbus, OH

Whether you are learning online through his Periscope Lessons, reading his inspirational Blog Posts, or practicing through his Digital Downloads, Huei, and all of his educational content, is an essential part of the percussion community. With such an impressive background in percussion, it is no surprise he is one of my favorite educators. Follow this guy!

  Mark Perrett - The Grid Book Series, Co-Author

Huei is not just a great teacher; he's also a great story teller by giving compelling background and context to every lesson that highlights how a young beginning percussionist can become a Master. Huei is not just a great percussionist, he is also a mad scientist; using detailed notes and diagrams that were developed to help you (literally) see and understand the notes in a completely new and different way. With this product, you have tremendous tools at your disposal to reach your full potential as a percussionist.

  Karl Arrieta - a.k.a. @Karldrumtech


You've just started and want to start playing paradiddles, paradiddle-diddles, etc.

You understand your diddle rudiments, but you want to play them better and FASTER

You want to teach students how to develop and think about the most crucial fundamental concepts when it comes to these rudiments

You have a line of players from varying backgrounds, and need to get everyone up to speed to begin playing clean.

You want to play at a world class level.


Why do I need to work my diddle rudiments?

  • Standard drum vocabulary that should be in every drummer's toolbox
  • Applies to all percussion instruments: marching percussion, drumset, keyboards, etc.
  • Builds foundation of major elements of music performance
  • ABSOLUTELY necessary to perform at world class level

Diddle Me This will help you create:

  • Structured, systematic, organized practice
  • Corrections in deficiencies otherwise unnoticed
  • Practice all variations of Paradiddle, Double Paradiddle, Triple Paradiddle, and Paradiddle-diddle
  • Improve skills in reading, notation, and sight reading

What's inside the digital download?

Inside you will find:

  • In-depth text and explanation of high-level concepts like stick control, musical x-rays, isolated hands, and Drum and Rim.
  • Musical examples of basic and advanced skill sets
  • Multiple pages of skeleton breakdowns for each Diddle Rudiment: Paradiddle, Double Paradiddle, Triple Paradiddle, and Paradiddle-diddle
  • How to apply these concepts to a line teaching situation

Click through the images at the top to preview inside the book.

How do I use the text and exercises?

The supplemental text can be read in one sitting, or you can start with the sample exercises and reference back as needed. Just like the process itself, the way you use the handout can be customized to how you learn best.

For teachers who are non-percussionists and short on time, it's a great reference you can direct students to - literally just copy and paste this message:

Go here, download this, and learn it. You're welcome :) https://gum.co/mppdiddle

Can I get this information in a private lesson?

This is the exact information I share with my private lesson students, individuals who have gone on to make their high school & college drumlines, Top 12 drum corps and Top 12 indoor percussion groups.

I've also been able to condense multiple private lessons worth of information into a text and musical example format. For those really hungry to learn, the material is presented in a very clear, systematic, easy to follow sequence.

Considering how many private lessons it would take to relay this information, this is a tremendous investment in yourself as a student, parent, and teacher that you can always continue to refer back to after you've purchased the product. You can literally use this content forever!

What if I don't understand the content?

With every purchase, I am more than happy to help you figure out any problems you might encounter. You can send me your question on your favorite social media platform @hueiyuanpan.


Thanks for checking out the product! I really appreciate all the notes of encouragement and support. What I've completed is the distillation of not just hours and hours of me thinking, writing, and creating this product, but all the years I’ve spent playing, practicing, and teaching these concepts.

Note: While many have offered to pay more, my goal is to make this product accessible to a wide range of students and teachers. If you're interested in offering more for the value of the product, the + sign in the pricing section allows you to enter a higher amount.

If you enjoy the product, please let me know. I'd love to hear from you, and I read every single message I get.

Thanks again, and I look forward to connecting with you online!


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