Comping Exercise in 7/4

Continuing with the theme of odd time vocabulary development, here’s an exercise designed to help you get more comfortable in 7/4. It’s based on a John Riley comping exercise from his ‘Art of Bop Drumming’ book. Make sure the pattern at the top of the page swings comfortably before attempting the comping phrases.


Comping in 7 4 - Full Score

  • First, play the 8th note phrases on the snare. Then try moving the phrases on to the kick & left foot hi-hat.
  • Next, play the phrase on the kick drum with continuous swung 8th notes ‘filling in the gaps’ on the snare.
  • Now move on to the 8th note triplet phrases. As before, keep the right hand ride pattern swinging with the comping phrases in support of the ‘dominant’ ride pattern.

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  1. frank dasaro

    this is excellent !!!!!!!!!!

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