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.
- 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.