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hey john...I dont know if you remember me...but I met you through Kevin Laird at one of your Vanguard gigs when we were on tour....I'm the drummer for the Army Jazz Ambassadors....I'm contacting you to see if its possible for me to study with you...I've got some recent technique issues that I was hoping you could help me out with....anyway...hope you are well...would like to connect ...thanks
by TODD HARRISON (Baltimore,MD)February 28, 2014 5:29 PM
Hi John, I took a lesson with you several years ago, and it STILL was one of the most valuable lessons I've had. Pivotal! I wanted to let you know that I'm releasing my first jazz quartet album as a leader very soon. All original compositions, and great playing all around. Can I mail you a copy when it's finished? I will be honored if you check it out.
by JEREMY BROWN (Temecula, CA)February 24, 2014 3:09 PM
John, in Beyond bop, page 39, for the odd groups, are the eighth notes swung or straight? I would assume swung because of the material being jazz, but on the recordings the notes sound straight. Thank you
by Brett (Buffalo, NY)February 6, 2014 12:26 PM
John: In your teaching experience, have you found that older, more experienced drummers, have difficulty grasping your concepts because of their patterns and ways of playing that have developed over the years, thereby interfering with the freedom necessary to incorporate your concepts more easily? In other words, can you really teach an old dog new tricks?
by Frank (Pennsylvania)December 25, 2013 11:44 AM
John: I enjoy your DVD each time I view it. I do, however, have a question. Given the fact that moving around the drum set is essentially like a triangle with the shoulders and arms being the hypotenuse and the bottom of the triangle being the line from the hips to various drums, would sitting higher shorten the hypotenuse, thereby making it easier to go around, at least theoretically? If so, why do some great drummers sit so low?
by Frank (Pennsylvania)December 25, 2013 11:23 AM
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