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Hudson Music and Stanton Moore aannounced the release of Groove Alchemy, 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 method for developing a 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 vocabulary for creating new funk grooves and patterns on the drumset. Starting with a study of the James Brown drummers (especially Clyde Stubblefield and Jabo Starks) and Joseph “Zigaboo” Modeliste of the Meters, Groove Alchemy goes beyond 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 a 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 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.

Excerpts and video clips from Groove Alchemy DVD, as well as sample pages and audio from the Groove Alchemy Book, are available at hudsonmusic.com.
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