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John, I just wanted to thank you for the jazz workshop that you did in Cambridge on Saturday 3/31. I learned more in those three hours, about playing jazz in general and playing drums in particular, than I have in years of playing in jazz bands. The workshop could have easily morphed into a drum clinic, but you kept us on track and everyone in attendence benifited from your brilliant insight and musical guidance. Even though I didn't get to play drums (I was the guy patting the dog) I dug it even beyond my wildest expectations. I hope you will consider returning in the future to pick up where you left off. Jack Morash Boston, MA
by Jack Morash (Boston, Massachusetts)April 4, 2007 2:14 PM
I dont know if John responds to these but I was wondering if anyone knew the proper techique to the fast jazz ride cymbal. When the triplets "flatten out" are you supposed to bounce the stick, or just get fast enough to hit every stroke?
by Ryan Compton (Virginia)April 3, 2007 6:46 PM
Hola mi nombre es Alejandro Brunini y a pesar de ser profesional y tener 45 a-os he comenzado a estudiar uno de sus matodos que se llama "The art of bop drumming" y lo he bautizado La Biblia del baterista de Jazz , es realmente fabuloso. Muchas gracias y Un gran saludo. Mi mail elmarplatense@yahoo.com. Alejandro
by Alejandro Brunini (Argentina)March 31, 2007 9:30 PM
Mr. Riley, I am 18 and was wondering what cymbal I should get to get that dark, controlled sound from a ride pattern and which cymbal can be used for all tempos without getting too washy. Thank you for you help and your books and recordings have influenced me greatly. Of all of the great drummers in the scene today, I must say that you are one of the finest and most versital.
by Jon Sheckler (Bellevue, Washington)February 18, 2007 5:36 PM
Dear John Riley, I really love your sound, drum wise. I have an 18"x 16" bass drum but i have noticed that many jazz drummers use an 18"x 14". I am really starting to doubt my purchase. Could I achieve a sound like yours with this size?
by Jose Ramirez (Denver,CO)February 5, 2007 12:09 PM
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