Essential Grooves for Writing, Performing and Producing Contemporary Music

Essential Grooves for Writing, Performing and Producing Contemporary Music

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The book/DVD set contains scores, text, and stereo mixes of the musical examples, as well as multi-track audio files of each example that all instrumentalists can use in a variety of ways. Users of this book will acquire the vocabulary and gain a deep understanding of each style through the historical background provided. The book's unique, license-free audio examples can be used to create custom play-alongs and original music. Through Essential Grooves, the user will understand how all the instruments in the rhythm section are notated. Used together, the book and the audio will help you to not only learn these styles, but also create original music based on these grooves. Includes sections on:Soul & Motown - Classic Southern Soul, Classic Motown, Soul Ballad, Soul/Funk Transition-Funk- Early Funk and '70s in the James Brown style, '70s Urban Funk, Straight Funk, New Orleans Funk/> Hip-Hop- Four different Hip Hop grooves demonstrated and notated>Rock - Five different Rock grooves demonstrated and notated<>Jazz< - Classic Swing, Medium Swing, two different Jazz waltz styles<> -Cuban- Danzon, Mambo, Cha-cha-cha, Songo, 6/8 Afro-Cuban-Brazilian Music - Samba variations, Bossa Nova variations, Partido Alto, Baiao, >Afro-Caribbean<> - Reggae and Calypso grooves. 95 page text, plus audio CD and multi-track DVD. Sample Groove 1 different grooves recorded with live players in the studio, a virtual boot-camp of styles. The multi-track versions allows you to mute and combine the parts in any way that you want. Long overdue. Wish I had it to practice with way back when.. Finally! A book about styles that covers all of the important grooves that have influenced contemporary popular music, from the roots of soul, rock and latin music all the way to hip-hop. The players on the recordings are all well-versed in these styles and I especially like the feature that allows you to create your own play-along versions from the multi-track files contained on the DVD. The scores and background text are a must- have for the contemporary musician and I'll be recommending this one to my students for a long time to come. Frank Potenza (Professor, Chair Studio/Jazz Guitar Department, University of Southern California)