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You are one of the GREAT Jazz Pioneers. Your books are some of the best ever written on Jazz. Your playing is also ridiculous! Keep up the noble work.
by Todd Molenaar (St Paul, MN)March 15, 2010 7:08 PM
Thank you john for the advices(councils) to since(as,like) touch the take five me to served enough I hope that they return to the Guatemala Thank you
by Osmar Melia (Guatemala)March 12, 2010 10:44 PM
Firstly,thanks for all your great books and DVD which have given me a huge amount of help and inspiration. In my band I have a young bassist who either slows or rushes the beat. In 'Jazz drummer's Workshop' , 'Finding the Groove' you mention making your groove as broad as possible to help the bass player keep the tempo. Couyld you explain in more detail what you mean by 'broad'?
by Roger Pinkerton (London, England.)March 12, 2010 12:58 PM
Mr. Riley I've been grappling with deciding whether to play traditional grip or matched grip and whether to play heel up or heel down. Is it a situational thing depending on what music you are playing and is it therefore worthwhile practicing both approaches? Thanks so much. You are a constant inspiration for me to always keep on improving.
by Julian (Cape Town )February 14, 2010 7:59 AM
John, I saw your video on developing up tempo ride playing. Are you leaving your thumb on the stick in sort of a French timpani grip or is slightly to the side with sort of a modified French timpani grip ? I have been working on the up tempo exercises in the "Beyond Bebop" book. I was taught to keep the fulcrum between my thumb and indes finger. I have been trying to work on a "Moelller approach" to keep my index finger out of the way and loosely grip the stick between my thumb and middle finger . It is easy for me to do this when playing on the snare but on the ride I still want to keep my thumb on top of the stick and the fulcrum between my thumb and index finger. What do suggest? Thanks,
by Craig (Jonesboro, AR)February 7, 2010 10:07 PM
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