Three over Four Triplet Comping Patterns
jazz drumming #idea 44
by Tim Lake
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.
It consists of three triplet beats on the snare drum and every fourth beat on the kick - Exercise A.
To develop some more interesting patterns we can start to remove one or more of the triplets in the snare drum part.
Exercise A1 shows a pattern with the first beat missing. Exercise A2 shows a pattern with the first two beats missing.
Both of these patterns create some interesting musical tension.
Practice all these exercises with jazz time in the ride cymbal and the hi-hat on 2 + 4 ( or all 4 as per Tony).
Experiment with moving the snare part to different sounds.
Exercises A3 - A6 in the PDF work on some different figures by removing other beats of the base pattern.
You should repeat a similar process with the other three placements of the pattern - B to D in the PDF - to discover more ideas and possibilities.
Have fun. Make music.