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Hello John I was wondering if you still use a particular cymbal: Zildjian Swish Knocker (as stated in the Zildjian artist website). Or do you use a different Chinese style cymbal? Thanks.
by Ken (Toronto, Canada)October 27, 2008 6:46 AM
Dear John, here is another CD, that I can recommand to musicians. It's from the George Shearing Quintet, featuring Nancy Wilson. Drums playing Time, mostly with brushes. Wonderful version of "On Green Dolphin Street". Works for me perfect as a play along. As You saw in former Mails of me, I am working on Tempos and Timing. Can You give me an advice, how to practise a certain tempo: should I work with the metronome, say, 150bpm about 10 Minutes, and then switch to the next tempo, or should I play one tempo for a longer time, perhaps over a period of 3-4 days, then also for 10-15 minutes ? GREETINGS Matthias
by MATTHIAS RUMPF (Unna / GERMANY)October 26, 2008 3:01 PM
Howdy,John--- Seems everyone says"remember me?" Well--me too! I'm the gal from S.C. who attended the Jamie A. camp 3 years ago(and have ever since). I was the older one there who had never played until that year. I saw you at the Vanguard several years ago but we didn't get to speak. I'm here for the rest of the month. Are you playing on the 20th or 27th? I'll come if you are and speak this time. I hope you are in town and we can connect... Peggy Parker
by Peggy Parker (hampton,sc)October 18, 2008 12:32 PM
Dear John, I can recommend a wonderful record to everybody. It is from the Oscar Peterson Trio (1962), with Ray Brown on bass and Ed Thigpen on drums. It is great Stuff to listen to, and I use(d) it for many Years as a playalong for myself and for my students. The title is "Night Train", an it`s a real "classic" album to me !! I am sure, You know this release John, and perhaps, You have the same oppinion to "Night Train". "see" You next time here, Yours Sincerely Matthias, Unna (Germany)
by Matt Rumpf (Unna, Germany)October 18, 2008 11:47 AM
Hey John, This is Gabe Smith, the drummer you met at Interlochen Arts Academy last spring. I've been transcribing a lot in college so far and I'm further understanding more players and their vocabulary/licks. So far I've been hook on Ben Riley and Elvin (I know, very different. ha.) and my teacher up in Boston has told me that I've transcribed and that's all I need to do, but for all the work I've done, I was thinking I might as well memorize the solos.. Originally I came to ask you if this was a good idea, but I just pulled out the Jazz Drummer's Workshop and read what you had to say on transcribing and I think I'm gonna go ahead and learn them. Now, my question for you is, what's the best way to learn them? Slow enough that I can play it all the way through? Measure by measure? Phrase by Phrase? Along with the recording? I've memorized a few transcription, but I always feel like I'm doing something wrong and change my method every time. Also, I see that you're playing with Luis Bonilla on Nov. 11, but I was wondering if you had anytime in the morning or afternoon to give a lesson and hear how these transcriptions sound. All the best, Gabe
by Gabe Smith (Boston)October 17, 2008 8:13 PM
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