Re: Thaard's one year jazz-drumming study.
I'm not a great player of Jazz, I am an avid listener and fan though.
Your progress is remarkable. I can't add any more than others have already said. Suffice to say, I'm very impressed.
Further - I love your attitude with regards to playing the same pieces in a year to show progression. So many players forget that the subtle changes are what really matter with Jazz and instead of trying to play 'harder songs' (which is the prevailing method I see most of the time) you're going to take your approach and mature it with similar material. In improvisational music this is a great idea and I'm really impressed with your attitude.
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