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hi mr. riley! primary, i want to glad you for your books (art of bop drumming" and "beyond bop drumming"...really creativity lessons, that helps me so much on these last 3 years. hope you are well, sir. i've been to your master class in 2010 (maybe), at Vera's Figueredo School. Was very nice, and some ideas has reverb to me since there. thank you again, mr. riley, and for your spirit of teaching too. best regards, eduardo São Paulo/BRA
by Eduardo VaralloSeptember 8, 2015 3:49 PM
Hello John, im practice Art Of Bop Druminng now and i wonder how i should take knowledge from the book into real jazz playing with the band. I just dont know what and how to do in band, especially how to communicate with soloist. I know that i should listen to a lot of jazz music which i do, but i cant really get what drummers which i listen to are doing in the moment and why they are doing it.. Id be happy if you give me some advice.
by KonradAugust 2, 2015 3:11 PM
Hi John... Are you taking any students in some Skype/On-line lessons???
by Juan E. ZerpaJuly 21, 2015 8:33 AM
Hello John, Just a note to say I've been enjoying your Bop Drumming book. I've been playing 40+ years and needed a new challenge. Your book has given me that. I teach as well and am using your book with my students. Great job on the book. I only wish you would have recorded all of the material in the comping sections. It is fun to play along with you on those exercises. Thanks again - Joe
by Joe NocellaJuly 19, 2015 9:39 PM
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
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