Re: John Riley
Great choice getting the book.... Take your time with it and the comping will become second nature -- play those comping exercises really slow and work up your speed with a metronome.....Start at 55BPM or so and work the speed up from there....It's all about getting your muscles to memorize the patterns -- and remember, learning to play SLOW is a good thing. There's nothing worse than a drummer who can't play slow grooves ...........
After the reading and independence course comes the hard part -- the musicality...... learning how to apply what you've learned in a musical setting...... Just listen to lots of good players (Your Miles Davis box set that you mentioned on the other thread is a great start) for that. Have fun!!!!