Jazz Drum Set Comping Exercises

Comp on the drums with the finesse of a pro with the Jazz drum set comping exercieses and concepts in this course.

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Comp with confidence on the drums in BeBop and Modern Jazz drum comping styles.

Jazz Drum Comping Course

  • Instructor: Von Baron
  • Level: Beginner-Intermediate
  • Study time: 1.5 hours
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Course Overview
Learn the essentials for Jazz comping on the drums.  A perfect blend of independence Jazz drum set comping exercises and conceptual teaching to give you a deeper comping ability. 

Comp with confidence on the drums in BeBop and Modern Jazz drumming styles.

  • Drum Lessons Video: 1.5 hours
  • Drum Lessons: 6
  • Instructor Playing Examples: 6
  • Lesson PDF Downloads: 6
  • Drum Practice Tracks: 3
  • PDF Drum Charts (Drum Sheet Music): 3
  • Drum Lab Monthly Drum Class

Jazz Drum Set Comping Exercises and Concepts

My Jazz Drum Comping mini course teaches you the nuts and bolts of comping on the drums. Whether you are new to Jazz drumming or a working drummer, you'll learn important concepts and Jazz drum set comping exercises in my course to improve your playing.  

There are 6 drum set comping lessons including exercises and concepts. Many of the lessons also have a PDF with the exercises written out for you. I've even thrown in 3 drumless tracks + the PDF drum charts and 6 real playing examples from my gigs. 

What Is Jazz Drum Comping?

When it comes to the art of Jazz music, the drum kit serves as the backbone, the heartbeat that propels the band forward. Jazz drum "comping" (short for accompanying). Comping often uses rhythmic accents between the snare drum and bass drum with the ride cymbal and hi-hat maintaining a consistent groove. 

It's the intricate dance of rhythm and creativity that a drummer weaves into his/her fellow musicians' parts. This is especially true for playing behind soloists and with other rhythm section players. Drum comping shapes the unique sound of Jazz. 

The Essence of Jazz Drum Comping

Jazz is often described as a conversation between instruments, with each player contributing their unique voice. Drummers, in particular, have an opportunity to be a part of this conversation. This is where comping comes in.

Comping is rhythmic counterpoint that complements and uplifts the solos and rhythm section playing.  It's the grease on the wheels of improvisation. 

Comping is also active listening. Drummers need to hear and respond to the rhythmic, melodic and harmonic choices of their fellow musicians. 

They can then support their ideas and give targeted rhythmic support. The goal is not to overpower the soloist. Instead we want to elevate their solo to a higher musical experience. 

To do all of this, you’ll need to have some serious drumming independence under your belt. This Jazz Drum Comping mini course will give you solid Jazz drum set comping exercises too. 

If you are new to Jazz drumming, you may also want to enroll in my Intro to Jazz Drumming course. Learn beginning drumming exercises, drummer independence, drum grooves, drum fills and Jazz drums concepts. 

Join my Beginner Drum Lessons Pack and get both my Intro and Comping courses for an unbeatable price. See below also for more details.

PREVIEW THE COURSE

Here's the lesson on the Off-Beat Jazz drum set comping exercises. Learn essential to advanced Jazz drum comping concepts, 15 comping patterns, modern comping and more when you enroll in the course. 

There is a PDF download for this and all of the exercises in the course when you enroll. 
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COMPLETE COURSE PACKS

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9 Courses including this one!

BEGINNER JAZZ DRUMS COMPLETE COURSE PACK

Learn everything you need from scratch in this course pack (including the Jazz Drum Comping course) to get swinging on your drums. Save yourself 45% too while you're building a rock solid Jazz drumming foundation. 

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9 Courses

INTERMEDIATE TO ADVANCED JAZZ DRUMS COMPLETE COURSE PACK

This course pack covers everything you need to get you out there playing with other musicians. Enjoy 45% off while you sharpen your Jazz drumming skills.

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Monthly Groove Pass

$39.95/Month
Dive into the world of Jazz drumming using the Monthly Groove Pass. Every course is within reach with an affordable monthly investment in your passion!
  • Full access to over 300 lessons
  • Ask Von Baron questions anytime
  • Free monthly Drum Lab class
  • Track your drumming progress
  • Try it for a day for free

6-Month Groove Pass

$160/6-month
Discover your Jazz drumming brilliance with the 6-Month Groove Pass— access all courses for a budget-friendly semi-annual investment in you!
  • 2 months free
  • Full access to over 300 lessons
  • Ask Von Baron questions anytime
  • Free monthly Drum Lab class
  • Track your drumming progress
  • Try it for a day for free

Annual Groove Pass

$280/Yearly
Immerse yourself in the universe of Jazz drumming through the Annual Groove Pass! All courses are at your fingertips with a budget-friendly yearly commitment to your musical journey!
  • 5 months free
  • Full access to over 300 lessons
  • Ask Von Baron questions anytime
  • Free monthly Drum Lab class
  • Track your drumming progress
  • Try it for a day for free

THE LESSONS

JAZZ DRUM COMPING LESSONS

Learn to comp with the finesse of a pro!
  • INTRO - 1:00
  • WHAT IS JAZZ DRUM COMPING? - 14:59
  • 4 WAYS OF COMPING - 13:15
  • BEGINNER COMPING INDEPENDENCE - 11:35
  • 15 JAZZ DRUM COMPING EXERCISES - 10:19
  • MODERN COMPING SYNCOPATION EXERCISES - 09:41
  • COMPING WITH DRUM FILLS - 12:52
  • ADVANCED COMPING CONCEPTS - 20:01
  • BEBOP COMPING EXAMPLE #1 - 02:18
  • BEBOP COMPING EXAMPLE #2 - 0:53
  • BEBOP COMPING EXAMPLE #3 - 01:26
  • BEBOP COMPING EXAMPLE #4 - 01:34
  • GROOVE COMPING EXAMPLE - 03:49
  • MODERN COMPING EXAMPLE - 09:52

Other Courses Recommended In This Course

Drum Lessons Starter Pack

Get this Jazz drum set comping exercises and concepts course at a nice discount! A beginner drummer lessons package to get you ready to play with other Jazz musicians. 

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More About This Jazz Drum Set Comping Exercises and Concepts Course

FOCUSED

This course saves you time and money by focusing on the most important Jazz drum set comping exercises and concepts.

By the end of these online drum lessons, you'll be able to comp on the drums with a band.
  • 1.5 hours of online drum lessons
  • 6 drum lesson videos with PDF's 
  • 3 drum practice tracks with PDF drum charts
  • 6 video examples from real gigs using these skills
  • Drum Lab Monthly Drum Class

AFFORDABLE

One-Time Payment. Lifetime Access to your course. Pay once, drum forever!

Pocket-friendly subscription plans also available through Groove Pass

PAINLESS

Learn with a relaxed, step-by-step method at your own pace.

You can also track your progress and see how much you have accomplished. Example below is from the Brushes Mastery Course.

What drummers say about the Jazz Drum Comping Course

Von, I just wanted to thank you for creating these amazing courses. The Jazz Drum Comping mini course was also awesome and now I have a good bunch of exercises for practicing everyday.

I've never seen a faster improvement in my drumming than with your teaching. Also I'd like to remark about the incredible improvement in my music reading capabilities, by practicing your exercises every single day. You're not only a drum teacher but, most important, a MUSIC teacher.

Your work as a teacher is invaluable for people like me. With very complicated work schedules, it is impossible for me to attend a "traditional" music school, so Jazz Drum School has been a blessing for me and I'm so happy that you can be my teacher, although you're in Japan and I'm in Spain!

I've just purchased the Drum Lessons Power Pack and now I'm starting with brushes! 

Miguel R.

Course Customer

Need a little more help with your Jazz drum set comping exercises?

Send me a direct message in the School and ask your questions in my monthly Drum Lab class. Just some of the perks for joining Jazz Drum School! 

Von Baron

Jazz drummer, educator, composer

About YOUR TEACHER

Performing regularly on stage and in the recording studio for 35+ years, Von Baron is one of the busiest drummers in Japan. 

Playing with Stanley Jordan, Benny Golson, Eddie Henderson, Geoff Keezer and many others gave Von the opportunity to hone his Jazz drumming skills. 

It's with this real world experience, Von created this course to give you a solid foundation for your Jazz drumming.
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