Jazz Drummer’s Workshop
Improve Your Bottom Line
Part 2: Bass Drum Comping in 3/4
by Steve Fidyk
Continuing with the concept introduced in the last issue, this article explores bass drum comping ideas in 3/4. The phrases included here are intended to help you develop dynamic balance with your right foot in conjunction with your three remaining limbs.
The legendary jazz drummers Max Roach and Joe Morello were among the first to explore and improvise within 3/4 time. The rhythmic ideas these masters developed were solid yet loose and fluid. For inspiration, check out Jazz in 3/4 Time (Roach) and Time Out (Morello with Dave Brubeck).
As you practice the example in the article, strive to keep each instrument’s sound balanced dynamically with the remaining limbs.