Throughout the course of my practice and playing I have developed little ideas to work on different things related to jazz drumming. Most of them I use myself although some of them are more aimed at students. Hopefully this will provide you with some good challenges to work on and a few ways to develop your own ideas.

December 1st, 2017

Idea #36: Inverted 9 Stroke Rolls

These are some developments of an inverted 9 stroke roll idea that I picked up from Mike Johnston's Instagram (click here to see the original). I've included the original idea, but I was interested in exploring it in a triplet jazz feel. I came up with several ways to playing it between the hands, then between the snare and bass drum as a comping figure. You could also explore shifting the placement within the bar. Get the pdf for all the exercises.

Jazz Drumming Idea #36, Five over 4 Paradiddles, Jazz Drumming
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Jun 9th, 2017

Idea #35: Mixed Grouping Fills

Here you'll find a collection of exercises for fills or licks incorporating the bass drum wth the hands. What I hope you find interesting is the 16th-note groupings - a group of 4, then two groups of 6 - which sound pretty hip. a. is the basic figure; b. is a voicing around the kit; c. is the figure reversed. In the pdf you'll find an exercise with a single kick, and the third exercise shifts between triplets and 16ths - two beats of each. There are plenty of ways to go with this from here. Find your own voicings, then try changing the order - 6/4/6. We can explore some odd note groupings another time.

Jazz Drumming Idea #35, Jazz Drumming, Around the drum kit
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Mar 9th, 2017

Idea #34: Triplet Hand Co-ordination

This is the triplet version, more for jazz time playing, of an idea from a long time ago. It works on hand co-ordination, but the unisons are very important - no flamming! Play with a feathered bass on all four and hi-hat on 2 and 4. You can voice the hands between the cymbal and the snare, but also try other sounds. Start slow.

Jazz Drumming Idea #34, Jazz Drumming, Hand Co-ordination
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November 23rd, 2016

Idea #33: 7 beat comping ideas

As promised here is a set of 7 beat ideas for comping with jazz time. They follow a fairly similar pattern to the 5 beat ideas I posted a few months ago. There are a few interesting things to work on here. I've been experimenting with using figure 3 as a comping figure with a Bossa Nova. Try it out.

Jazz Drumming Idea #33, Jazz Drumming, Jazz comping
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