Level One Zildjian Drum Set Workout with John Riley: Jazz Independence

Level One Zildjian Drum Set Workout with John Riley: Jazz Independence

In the first episode of a three part series for improving your jazz independence, John Riley introduces you to playing the 10 one, two and three note rhythm patterns along with the jazz ride pattern – first with the left hand on snare, then with the bass drum.
Parts 2 & 3 will take the difficulty up a notch with applications that utilize these rhythm patterns along with various "fill-in" applications. Once you have this workout mastered, jump to John's Level 2 and Level 3 workouts for a real challenge!
Grab your sticks and get ready for a workout!


Critically acclaimed performer, author and teacher, John Riley has worked with the world's leading Jazz musicians for over 40 years. A four time GRAMMY award winner and 14 time nominee, John has played on hundreds of recordings and at major venues with Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz, Woody Herman, John Scofield, Joe Lovano, Bob Mintzer, The Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra and many others.

John is the author of The Art of Bop Drumming, currently published in five languages, Beyond Bop Drumming, The Jazz Drummer's Workshop and the DVD The Master Drummer.

John has a BM in Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas, 1975, and an MM in Jazz Studies from the Manhattan School of Music, 1985. He is on the faculty of Manhattan School of Music and Kutztown University, an Artist in Residence at the Amsterdam Conservatory in Holland and has given master classes around the world.