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Dear John, I have the pleasure to work on your medias, I have the art of Bop Drumming and the master drummer video. In your book, I am currectly practising the samba pattern pp. 59 and I like to know if you would advise to play a slight accent on the bass drum on the 2nd beat of each measure to have a better authentic groove ? Many thanks in advance for your help John
by John RamsayJune 20, 2015 7:52 AM
John, It was great to finally meet you in person a few weeks ago at Building 24 in Wyomissing, PA. I enjoyed the show tremendously and it was an honor to finally meet you in person. It's been 5 years since I've discovered your publications, and it has improved my playing hundredfold. Thank you for the fantastic explanations, and constant inspiration that you give to (I am certain) all of your students around the world. Please check out my website SadikDrums.com whenever you have a free moment in your busy schedule. Best Regards, Sadik Akdogan
by Sadik AkdoganJune 18, 2015 5:44 PM
Greetings Mr. Riley, I know you by your books, my teachers use them a lot. I record a modest video a couple days ago, it's a transcription of one Steve Gadd's Solo, I would be glad to have your opinion, i know i have a lot to know yet, Un Cordial Abrazo.
by AlexJune 15, 2015 10:18 PM
Hi Mr. Riley. I believe you know my brother Lou Pappas. He introduced me to when you played with the West Point Jazz band for PASIC event in the mid-90s. Been out of playing set for a long time to focus on symphonic playing, but decided a few weeks ago to start working on jazz again. I dug out my copy of The Art of Bop Drumming and went to work. Out of the blue got a last minute call to play for jazz bass masterclass taught by Wayne Darling. Floyd Darling was playing piano. I hadn't done any trio work in almost 25 years. Thanks to your book, I was prepared and the masterclass was a huge success! Thanks again for writing such a wonderful method.
by Stan PappasJune 6, 2015 10:54 AM
Hello Mr. Rileymy Name is Martin Bondesen from Germany Hamburg. I'll recieved your Book "The Art of Bop Drumming and it's just absolutly fantastic. Is it possible to take lesson via Internet or Skype and is there an Opportunity to see in Germany or send you maybe a Videotape where you can see me drumming and give som tipps and advices to me. Thanks for today and have a Jazzy Wednesday. Your Fan Martin Bondesen.
by Martin BondesenMay 20, 2015 10:41 AM
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