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Snare Drum Comping

Easy Drumming That Sounds Hard

The word comp is an abbreviation of accompany or complement. It’s a moniker that’s mostly used in jazz music to catalog independence exercises that enable the drummer to enhance the groove, add variety to the time flow and react accordingly to what’s being played by other musicians. In this free heavy-metal drum lesson Sean Lang applies comping to heavy-metal drumming by providing 10 exercises that work on snare hand independence.

You may find it hard to keep consistent sounding and evenly spaced bass drum patterns while playing through these heavy-metal independence exercises. The trick here is to start slow, no matter the speed at what you’re able to play 16th notes on the bass drum. You have to get your brain used to playing syncopated snare drum patterns over a constant stream of bass drum strokes. Listen carefully to what you’re playing with your feet. You can increase the speed at what you’re practicing an exercise as soon as you’re able to play it comfortably while keeping a consistent bass drum pattern.

Now, you may be wondering where to go next to keep furthering your heavy-metal drumming independence. The good news is you don’t have to go far. Take these snare drum patterns and combine them with bass drum patterns from other free heavy-metal drum lessons. The free heavy-metal drum lessons “Heavy-Metal Single Pedal Drum Beats” and “Broken Heavy-Metal Double Pedal Drum Beats” are a great starting point.

On the other hand, if you’re keen on working on your lead hand independence, watch the free heavy-metal drum lesson “Breaking Up The Lead Hand.” That free heavy-metal drum lesson is top-notch for taking your musicality to a completely new level since it’ll have you working on dynamics and groove.


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