Essential Grooves for Writing, Performing and Producing Contemporary Music
By three Berklee College professors: Dan Moretti, Matthew Nicholl and Oscar Stagnaro.
Essential Grooves packs everything you need to know about contemporary styles into a must-have reference of audio, scores, and text.
Includes sections on:
95 page text, plus audio CD and multi-track DVD.
Sample Multi-Track Files
Essential Grooves is an essential book for any musician and an invaluable tool for teachers. Written by three great artists, who happen to be amazing teachers, and who fully understand the meaning of grooves. Thank you for this wonderful gift. I love it and I have already put it to use with my own writing. Now I want to go back to school.”
— Tim Ries
One of the most important strengths an improvisor needs to develop is a strong rhythmic sense. This book and audio gives the player an in depth look at 41 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...”
— Hal Crook
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
This book accomplishes something that seems almost impossible: A great many styles of grooves are presented in a condensed form that does not shortchange the reader/player/producer. The information has been distilled to it's very essence and is invaluable to anyone who has an interest in these very popular styles of music. Dig in and dig it.”
— Larry Dunlap