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Hi John, I read your article on tuning drums. I understand that you can either tune top and bottom heads the same, or the top higher or lower then the bottom head. You mentioned tuning the resonate head a minor 3rd lower or higher the batter head. How do you achieve that? I'm using a drum dial. I also have an Evens Torque key that I'm still learning how to use. Please write me back and explain how you tune it a minor 3rd lower or higher. I'm guessing you have to know what note to tune the batter head to. I might need to know how to do that too.
by Christian Russell (Tulsa, OK)June 11, 2012 8:49 PM
Hi John I have all your wonderful books and DVDs if you include Steve Smiths. I also bought thr Modetn Drummer 2011 DVD purely for your Master Class. Master Class is excellent but am somewhat disappointed that these are only 2 movement exercises listed!
by Paul Yates (Romford, Essex UK)June 4, 2012 12:54 PM
Hey John...you have obviously transcribed so many of the great drummers. Years ago I used a walkman to get ideas down and I know there are more updated ways of doing this, any suggestions? Thankyou for your time, Jeff
by Jeff Drake (Sanford, Florida)May 23, 2012 10:50 AM
Q: I've started rehearsing with a big band and while I'm finding it a lot of fun and a good challenge, I've been having a hard time keeping the time. The director counts it off and I feel like it immediately wants to slow down. The horns seem to play way behind the beat much of the time and it just feels uncomfortable no matter what I do. if I play with the bassist, it feels like the train is about to derail, it feels like he is following the horns/singer. Any suggestions?
by Ralph A Kolarik (Santa Rosa CA)April 20, 2012 1:29 PM
Excellent concert at CSU in Fort Collins, CO. Thanks for sharing your talent and working with the percussion students.
by Cory Carroll (United States)April 12, 2012 11:47 PM
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