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jazz drumming ideas and execises

Ideas and Exercises
For Jazz Drumming

In this section you will find a a lot of jazz drum exercises, looking at everything from applying jazz drum rudiments to jazz comping for drums. There are ideas for jazz drum fills as well as exercises for developing your creativity in playing jazz drum patterns and rhythms.

This idea follows on from idea 43. Here we look at how to apply some of these four-beat triplet groups to create interesting comping patterns.

The base pattern is one that you can find in John Riley’s Headroom Triplets as well as in a musical context with Jimmy Cobb on So What.

Playing three over four is a very common musical device, especially so with groups of triplets in 4/4. You can hear Jimmy Cobb playing something like this on So What, but it also crops up on many other records in fills and solos from many other jazz drummers.

Most jazz drummers don’t play a double bass drum, but that doesn’t mean we should neglect the feet and the ability to use them in a similar way to the hands, far from it.

This is a simple idea for working on some coordination and control between the feet which can be added to your warm-up routine.

Here we are looking at developing some ideas with a triplet partial pattern. It uses four beats - two doubles on the snare and two doubles on the bass drum. We look at some different ways to vary and use it.

This idea works on building hand technique in the left, non-lead, hand using beat placements with time playing.

jazz drumming idea 39 | Quarter Note Triplet Comping | on jazz drumming

A few simple ideas to get you started on quarter note triplet comping between the snare drum and the bass drum with three essential patterns.

jazz drumming idea 38 | 3/4 Paraiddle | on jazz drumming

This idea applies a paradiddle between the kick and snare drum underneath 3/4 time.

jazz drumming idea 37 | Mixing Rolls | on jazz drumming

This idea combines 5 stroke, 7 stroke, and 9 stroke rolls into some interesting phrases.

jazz drumming idea 36 | Moving Triplets Under Jazz Time | on jazz drumming

The simple exercise focuses on playing groups of three triplets between the snare drum and bass drum.

jazz drumming idea 35 | Inverted 9 Stroke Roll Fills | on jazz drumming

Based on an inverted 9 stroke roll idea that was more for rock and funk drumming, this is an similar concept applied to jazz time.