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Hey John. I'm working out of your post bop book, reading and listening to your playing. The more I hear your main ride cymbal on the speed bumps cut, the more it gets under my skin. I suspect it is a vintage Z with rivets, but I'd like to know a little more about it. Is it vintage or a recent issue? What's the age, model, diameter and weight? Anything else? Thanks Fred
by Fred LePiereFebruary 1, 2017 10:52 AM
hello John, afflicted for my English, I am French and I live in Bordeaux , I play the drum for a certain time already and I know a little bit your books. can you give me some advices on the training of the snare and the practice of the rudiments? your works interests me really much! thank you to give me your time. cordially, Thom.
by thomas despeyrouxDecember 1, 2016 10:02 AM
Hello John, I've been watching you play drums for years and I got to say that you have very good hands, I mean your left hand seems to be very strong for a right handed drummer. I was wondering if you're a left handed person playing on right handed drums set? Thanks, Martin
by MartinNovember 28, 2016 3:53 PM
Hi John, thank you for dedicating your life to drums, and sharing your knowledge and experiences with us. Your books are incredibly helpful. I've been playing drums for 15+ years but have recently stopped gigging so I can spend some serious time improving the fundamentals of my mechanics and technique. I live 20 miles north of Boston, MA and am looking for a teacher that can help me improve my technique with a more relaxed & natural approach. Do you have any recommendations for anyone in my area? Thank you for your time.
by BrendanNovember 26, 2016 6:57 PM
Hi john, I am curious about the way you tune your drums in a Jazz setting. Do you tune them to a certain note or just where you think they sound good? Thanks so much!
by DaveNovember 6, 2016 10:04 AM
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