By Jordan Liffengren Published March 5, 2010
Hudson Music and Stanton Moore announced 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.
Says Moore: "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."
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.
About Hudson Music
Hudson Music, founded in 1998, specializes in capturing the creative process behind the playing of musicians who will have a lasting impact on music, so that we can help provide musicians, both aspiring and professional, with inspiration as well as information. Formed by instructional music video pioneers Robert Wallis and Paul Siegel, Hudson Music has emerged as industry-leaders in drum education videos.
Stanton Moore is the founding drummer for New Orleans-based funk band Galactic, and has played with Garage A Trois, Corrosion Of Conformity, John Scofield, Charlie Hunter, Skerik, Irma Thomas, and Robert Walter, among many others. Moore has also enjoyed a prolific solo career, performs clinics, and published drumming books and DVDs.