paradiddle

noun
par·​a·​did·​dle | \ˈper-ə-ˌdi-dᵊl, ˈpa-rə-\

Definition of paradiddle 

: a quick succession of drumbeats slower than a roll and alternating left- and right-hand strokes in a typical L-R-L-L, R-L-R-R pattern

First Known Use of paradiddle

1835, in the meaning defined above

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