Groove Alchemy Sampler
“Groove Alchemy reflects the program that I have put myself through to improve my own funk and groove playing. It’s a groove boot camp that will vastly increase your knowledge of classic grooves—and more importantly, will also ignite your imagination and make you a funkier and more creative drummer.”
Hudson Music and Stanton Moore are thrilled to announce the release of Groove Alchemy, a series consisting of two products: a DVD and a book/MP3 CD, which are sold separately but can be used together for a complete educational experience.
These products contain a complete method for developing a massive vocabulary of grooves in various funk-based styles, along with a historical overview of some of the key grooves in the development of funk.
On the 3-hour Groove Alchemy DVD, Stanton presents a historical overview of some of the most important drum grooves in history, showing the basic elements and conceptual development of each groove. He then shows you how to learn from the past and develop your own complete vocabulary for creating new funk grooves and patterns on the drumset.
Starting with an in-depth study of the James Brown drummers (especially Clyde Stubblefield and Jabo Starks) and Joseph “Zigaboo” Modeliste of the Meters, Groove Alchemy goes far beyond a mere history lesson by applying Stanton’s concepts for making your own playing more creative, musical, and funky.
Topics include using variation and style combination to create new grooves, using rhythmic structures and clave ideas for advanced drum set vocabulary, hi-hat concepts, getting creative with backbeat grooves, a look at how to develop swing and shuffle grooves, and more.
Intercut with the educational segments, Stanton’s trio also performs new tracks from their latest CD (also called Groove Alchemy, Telarc Records), showing how many of the grooves discussed are applied directly to the music.
Bonus features include slow-motion segments of key grooves.
The Groove Alchemy book/audio package covers the same topics in an even more comprehensive fashion, containing transcriptions of all of the historical grooves, plus all of Stanton’s creative expansions and applications of them.
The book contains over 600 examples, all of which are demonstrated on the included MP3 CD!
The package also contains four play-along tracks taken directly from Stanton’s new Groove Alchemy CD. These are some of the same songs performed on the DVD, so, using both products together, the student can watch and listen to Stanton perform, and then try the songs for themselves!
Also available, Groove Alchemy: The CD! From Telarc Records, the Groove Alchemy CD features 12 tracks of the Stanton Moore Trio, recorded during the filming of the DVD. This CD runs the gamut of emotions – from the upbeat and festive to the broken-hearted and even spooky. It’s a cache of precious material that results from the mating of traditional and timeless elements with new and fresh musical ideas. “This is the process I go through with any record I make, although the process has been more in-depth this time,” says Moore. “I’ve explained it in detail so that people can hopefully learn something from witnessing the steps that I go through. I guess what I’ve tried to do is pull back the curtain a little bit and show what’s going on in my mind as I make a record.” Click here to learn more about Groove Alchemy: The CD.
Exclusive Bonus: Download a free play-along track from Groove Alchemy!
Download a minus-drums Playalong track from Groove Alchemy – Knocker!
Check out this performance of Knocker, from the Groove Alchemy DVD!
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Check out some sample pages and MP3s from the Groove Alchemy Book!