Ultimate Contemporary Rhythm Keyboard Grooves
Catalog Number: ADG150
Author: Andrew D. Gordon
Publisher: ADG Productions
The "Ultimate Contemporary Rhythm Keyboard Grooves" by Andrew D. Gordon is a must-have book for any keyboardist who wants to elevate their playing skills to the next level. This comprehensive guidebook is packed with 150 contemporary rhythm patterns, covering a wide range of genres including jazz, blues, rock, funk, and Latin music.
The book is designed to help keyboard players learn how to develop and create their own grooves, by providing them with a solid foundation in rhythm theory and an understanding of how to apply it to their playing. The patterns are presented in standard notation and keyboard diagrams, making it easy for players of all levels to follow along.
What sets this book apart is the author's approach to teaching rhythm. Andrew D. Gordon breaks down each groove into its component parts, allowing readers to see how the rhythm is constructed and giving them the tools they need to modify and create their own variations.
Also, there are extended 2-3 minute play-a-long mp3 files of all 21 grooves that can be accessed from a computer enabling you to practice each groove and pattern for an extended period of time. The play-a-long mp3 files gives you the ability to either practice the rhythm patterns notated in the book in whatever order you prefer as well as the possibility of creating your own rhythm patterns.
With this approach, players will not only be able to play the patterns in the book but also to use them as a springboard for their own creativity. Whether you're a beginner or an advanced player, the "Ultimate Contemporary Rhythm Keyboard Grooves" is a valuable resource that will help you improve your playing skills and develop your own unique style. So why wait?
This book has been used by Andrew to teach keyboard students in his "Keyboard Groove Lab" at Cornel School of Contemporary Music in Los Angeles.
I started my musical journey on guitar and came to piano much later. What I noticed right away, what really had me stymied, was trying to punch out a rhythm on the piano, ala guitar. I found that where the guitar lent itself to strumming a rhythm, the piano, in my hands at least, did not. And There didn't seem to be much material available to address the issue. I wanted to be able to replace the rhythm guitar in a rock 'n roll setting and apart from punching out 8th note rhythms, or variations of that, I wasn't able to. Yet I knew it was doable because the piano routinely replaces the rhythm guitar in bands all over the world.
Finally, this book showed me how.
The cd is an integral part of this publication. It goes like this: the piano demonstrates a comp for 2,4 or however many measures necessary. Then the piano drops out and it's just the playalong track.
When the piano returns it plays the same rhythm but slightly more complex or advanced. You get a choice of playing the comp with either a bass line, or with a static bass, octave roots perhaps, depending on your ability.
There may be several different rhythms to master in each exercise so you will probably not play the exercise through to the end without stopping the cd to do some practise.
I have been a fan of playalong methods since they were first introduced way back when. This is by far one of the best. With many playalongs you have to learn an entire song before the recording is of any use to you. With this you only have to learn a small section of music. Naturally as the exercise becomes more difficult you will have to turn off the CD player and get into the shed.
Some of the styles covered in this book are Rock, Swing Jazz (which plays and feels like a funk exercise in my opinion), Blues and Latin. It's a good cross section of today's contemporary styles.
I am sure that players of an intermediate level will get a lot out of this book. I did. If I lost mine I'd buy another, no hesitation.