Comping Game

This item is not in the library — it is a part of: Learning Improvisation with Music Games.

The game is played with a drum set. Keep the consistent swing pattern with your ride cymbal and hi-hat foot (pictured) and occupy your other two limbs with as diverse playing as you manage while following additional rules.


In the first round you may only interchange one note on a kick drum with one note on a snare drum. If you play any of your limbs two times consecutively, you loose the round. You also loose round anytime you mess up the swing pattern while trying to add notes.

In further rounds the amounts of repetitions for an instrument change to different combinations. Second round is one kick, two snares (hitting one snares between to kicks causes loss etc.), after that prescribed pattern is 2 kicks one snare, then 2 for 2…

If you want to play many rounds go (from the start) for nine rounds of: 1-1, 1-2, 2-1, 2-2, 1-3, 3-1, 2-3, 3-2, 3-3.

Best to play with a timer for every of the rounds.

By Peter Erskine

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