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Forum: Drum Technique 03-13-2014, 05:14 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 33,594
Posted By John Riley
Re: JOHN RILEY here...new DVD: samples here....

Hi T.L.

Thanks for your kind words, glad the books are helpful.

I am working on some online stuff but haven't settled on the best approach yet. In the meantime have you seen my DVD "The Master...
Forum: Drum Technique 12-21-2013, 03:13 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,995
Posted By John Riley
Re: Alan Dawson further advice?

The simplest way to understand the concept is to play double strokes in 1/8 notes at quarter-note =100 - a very slow long roll. While doing that read Syncopation and make the written rhythms of the...
Forum: General Discussion 09-24-2013, 07:18 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,583
Posted By John Riley
Re: FAO John Riley's Art of Bop Drumming users

Hi Guys,

Glad you are into the music and the book is helpful.

Regarding the chart and piano solo on "Last Week" - the tune is supposed to be AABA but the pianist made a mistake and forgot to...
Forum: General Discussion 04-21-2013, 02:32 PM
Replies: 742
Views: 47,396
Posted By John Riley
Re: ...for the jazz cats ...

Hi Leo,

Yes I remember, you also sat in on a class at Purchase.

To continue the discussion: who's the drummer's closest associate in the rhythm section? The bass player. How does a bass sound?...
Forum: General Discussion 04-21-2013, 04:24 AM
Replies: 742
Views: 47,396
Posted By John Riley
Re: ...for the jazz cats ...

Hi Leo,

Many players feather - Kenny Washington, Lewis Nash, Eric Harland, Adam Nussbaum...Check of Tony Williams playing Dolores with headphones on, then take one ear off. What do you hear?
...
Forum: General Discussion 02-02-2013, 05:12 AM
Replies: 742
Views: 47,396
Posted By John Riley
Re: ...for the jazz cats ...

The C section is a repeat of the A section, the form of the song is AABA. On lead sheets, the letters AB and C are really "rehearsal" letters. Hope this helps, John
Forum: Drum Technique 08-10-2012, 07:02 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,947
Posted By John Riley
Re: John Riley - Beyond Bop Drumming- hi hat

Hi I,

Glad you are digging into Beyond Bop - it's a challenging book.

Hihat splashes can be done heel up or heel down. I find heel down best when the hh part is really varied. If the hh part...
Forum: Drum Technique 12-31-2011, 09:32 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 33,594
Posted By John Riley
Re: JOHN RILEY here...new DVD: samples here....

Hi Mr Mike and happy holidays to all.

The position of the skip note is a personal choice but playing it as the 3rd note of a triplet at slow and medium tempo always sounds fine. The main thing is...
Forum: Drum Technique 11-06-2011, 10:54 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,650
Posted By John Riley
Re: Q for John Riley and Bop players

John Riley here:

Gentlemen, interesting discussion. I do start to flatten out the cymbal beat around 260 or so depending on the vibe of the tune. Below that tempo playing even sounds lazy to me. ...
Forum: Drum Technique 06-22-2011, 08:31 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,944
Posted By John Riley
Re: Uptempo jazz studies - dancing on the ride and comping

Hi M_J,

Thanks for your kind words about my DVD.

I watched your youtube clip and you are playing that fast tempo very well. It does look like have a bit more pressure between your thumb and...
Forum: General Discussion 06-07-2011, 03:56 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,876
Posted By John Riley
Re: Question about big bands

Yes, everyone reads their parts. The lead player's dictate how the parts are interpreted.

For example: if you, me, Roy Haynes and Neil Peart each "read" the jazz ride cymbal pattern, we will each...
Forum: General Discussion 06-06-2011, 03:20 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,876
Posted By John Riley
Re: Question about big bands

There is a hierarchy in each horn section in a big band. The lead alto player dictates the pitch, phrasing, articulation and dynamics in the sax section. Same with the lead trombone and the lead...
Forum: Drummers 05-12-2011, 05:35 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,083
Posted By John Riley
Re: Kim Thompson

Kim is from St Louis. Went to school at Manhattan School of Music. Studied with Justin DiCioccio for 2 years and with me for 2 years. She works with Beyonce and freelances around NYC. She's a...
Forum: Drum Technique 03-17-2011, 12:57 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 33,594
Posted By John Riley
Re: JOHN RILEY here...new DVD: samples here....

Hi Daniel,

Nice to hear from you and thanks for your kind words about the books and DVD.

Yes, Joe taught me that approach and it can certainly be applied to the accents in Master Studies. ...
Forum: Drum Technique 01-09-2011, 07:02 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 33,594
Posted By John Riley
Re: JOHN RILEY here...new DVD: samples here....

Hi Matt,

Glad you enjoyed the article. Jonathan Mover was fun to talk to.

My schedule is really full but it might be possible to schedule an occasional lesson. I've also been getting good...
Forum: Drum Technique 10-28-2010, 02:36 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 5,650
Posted By John Riley
Re: JAZZ Comping. How to build intensity & support others without increasing volume OR being formula

Hi AC,

All the responses given are helpful. Also, I would like to suggest the you begin to condition yourself to sing the melody of the song to yourself as you are listening to, or playing it. ...
Forum: Drum Technique 10-26-2010, 08:00 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 33,594
Posted By John Riley
Re: JOHN RILEY here...new DVD: samples here....

Hi Andy,

Good to hear from you and thanks for your kind words about my books and DVD. I am glad they are helpful for you.

Unfortunately, I have not seen the DVD you are asking about but Ed...
Forum: Drum Technique 09-13-2010, 03:56 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,668
Posted By John Riley
Re: jazz ride pattern sticking

John Riley here:

Hi Hecatomb,

Yes, playing the jazz ride cymbal pattern poses particular issues. I think this clip will help:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rl1KPz2t-KQ

Best,
Forum: Drum Technique 09-10-2010, 03:09 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,195
Posted By John Riley
Re: HH Sizzle with foot

John Riley here:

Hi Guys,

Glad to see you are digging this challenging material.

The circle under a hihat note indicates to splash the hh cymbals with your foot. The hh remains open after...
Forum: Drum Technique 06-21-2010, 04:06 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 33,594
Posted By John Riley
Re: JOHN RILEY here...new DVD: samples here....

Hi Jazzin,

The "cohesive picture" is the goal.

Yes, that's a good variation to work on and there are many more. Try this with The Art of Bop Comp 3: Play cascara with your right hand, clave...
Forum: Drum Technique 06-07-2010, 03:26 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 33,594
Posted By John Riley
Re: JOHN RILEY here...new DVD: samples here....

Hi Wy and Jazzin,

Glad to hear the books and DVD are helpful for you and your students.

Jazzin, regarding your question about feeling stiff at uptempos: My phrases may sound OK to the band or...
Forum: Drum Technique 04-28-2010, 04:15 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 33,594
Posted By John Riley
Re: JOHN RILEY here...new DVD: samples here....

Thanks Spleen, glad the DVD is useful for you. Best, John
Forum: Drum Technique 03-18-2010, 03:35 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 33,594
Posted By John Riley
Re: JOHN RILEY here...new DVD: samples here....

Hi Matt,

Nice to hear from you and glad the book is helpful.

I would suggest playing along with any good CD and trying to hear each song's sturcture -the style of the music isn't so important. ...
Forum: Drum Technique 03-12-2010, 02:10 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 33,594
Posted By John Riley
Re: JOHN RILEY here...new DVD: samples here....

Hi Oops,

Not sure which version of My Favorite Things you've heard but Elvin moves the hh around and plays on 2,3 or the + of 1 and 3, or on 2 and the + of beat 3 on the versions I know. Elvin...
Forum: General Discussion 03-10-2010, 07:52 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,927
Posted By John Riley
Re: is the moeller technique a must for every drummer??!!

John Riley here:

The whipping action of Moeller always puts some kind of accent in the flow, so Moeller isn't of much use when all the notes have to be one volume.

There are many great...
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