This is a simplification of a warm-up by Anika Nilles (click here to see the original). I thought it was a nice idea and good little challenge but felt it made more sense to me in 4/4. Careful of the switch in sticking. It has also inspired another idea on triplet paradiddles which I'll put up another time.
These are just some random ideas for comping figures in jazz time with groups of 5 beats. Inspired by a section in Gavin Harrison's "Rhythmic Illusions", I wanted to apply some of the phrases to up-tempo playing and more useable 2 or 4 bar chunks. Hopefully you'll find a few interesting ideas to use in your own playing. I'm working on a similar page of 7 beat ideas.
Dec 20th, 2015
This idea is a bit similar to some older ideas I posted a few years ago, but I think it provides a nice little challenge. It basically takes the first page of Stone's "Stick Control" and switches the Right Hand for the Right Foot. Instead the RH plays a simple quarter note ostinato with the Hi-Hat on 2 & 4 over each exercise. The idea here is not to make a groove but to work on control between the snare drum and the kick so the parts should be played balanced and smooth. That said, push the exercise to a tempo that is a little uncomfortable to really work on the control, playing each exercise 20 times or so. Try with ostinatos B & C, then experiment yourself.
Here are four comping patterns based on a useful figure that is positioned in four places in the bar; you'll see that one of the downbeats is bracketed and can be played as a rest. Each exercises is a development of the short/long idea where the snare plays short beats and the kick plays long notes. Exercise D is one of Alan Dawson's suggestions and exercise E provides a way into Ralph Peterson's Elvin like patterns. You know the drill: start slow and play jazz time throughout (except Ex.D). For an extension switch the short notes to the kick and the long notes to the snare.
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