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hello mister john riley thank you for the input and advice you provided I want to ask you? I play drums at a slow tempo is enough, but why playing on medium tempo is very difficult even though I am going to plan in the future to play at all times 2 do I become a drummer at this time need teacher guidance to move forward in music 3 what should I do when I have decided to become a professional drummer
by AndikaAugust 9, 2018 2:26 PM
Hello John. I have your books and play alongs. Your tune bot settings on their artist page seem low, maybe like big band settings. I do 80% jazz trio these days. Do you have higher settings for your toms that you like to use. Thank you.
by John McDonaldJuly 14, 2018 11:52 AM
Hello Mr. Riley, I wondering if you could help me with a mental issue I seem to be having. I play with a big band and we are playing a score which has an 8 bar drum solo. I have written out the solo based on a section of the music with horn shots. I have memorize the 8 bars and can play it any tempo. The problem occurs when I go to play with the band. I draw a complete blank. Do you have any suggestion on how to over come this mental block. Thanks Mike Smith
by Mike SmithJune 15, 2018 8:01 AM
hello sir john riley my name is andika I want to ask you 1 how do i at the gig do i not be afraid of the tempo (tempo not speed) and can enjoy the music in front of the audience? and also tempo remains stable while playing 2 how do I prove to the family that the music career is a good career because in my country (indonesia) music career only in the eyesight 3 me every day heating exercises sticking singles and double strokes I am confused why to the tempo of 200 bpm is very difficult to achieve and how to bs to achieve it? thanks sir john riley
by andika maruliMay 4, 2018 3:26 AM
Hello Mr. John! I would love to study in your class and I have heard, from Mark Guiliana's interview, that you teach in William Paterson University. I have checked the list of teachers on WPU website, but I could not find you there. So, I would like to know if you are a teacher in WPU. Thanks in advance
by Soso TsagareishviliApril 21, 2018 6:23 PM
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