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The Practice Pad Egg Challenge

Dorothea Taylor  /  UPDATED Aug 22, 2022

If you’ve seen Dorothea Taylor on Instagram, you’ll know that she’s always practicing in the kitchen. So what better person to try ‘the egg challenge’?

Place a raw egg and a paper towel on the surface between two practice pads. Now play paradiddles where you go back and forth between one pad (par-), the egg (a-diddle), and the other pad (par-) before going back to the egg (a-diddle). See how long you can do it for – and don’t break the egg!

This exercise trains you to play your grace notes softly. And if the egg breaks, well…it’s time to make a scramble.

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Dorothea Taylor is a knowledgeable multi-instrumentalist and instructor with over 50 years of experience. She was introduced to the world of high-level drumming through the Blue Notes Drum and Bugle Corps which was instrumental in establishing her high standards, which ultimately helped her build a successful career in and out of the studio. Over the years, Dorothea played with acts such as the Long Bay Symphony, the jazz band UNI, and Rick Alviti, as well as lending her percussion and organ chops to the Ray Charles Concert and her Church, respectively. When she’s not playing, Dorothea teaches at the Forestbrook Middle School and Sound Systems Music Store.

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