Learning to groove with Rebirth Brass Band

“Do Whatcha Wanna Do” by Rebirth Brass Band really grooves.  I recommend you check it out. (If you are used to listening to bop and instrumental music with lots of chords, this might a good song to expand your musicality in other directions). Check out the lesson, Learning to Second Line, as well.

Incidentally, I feel that learning to play the 2nd line helps a person to play The Meters, The Neville Brother, Doctor John, etceteras. When you start adding the guitar to Rebirth’s songs, it might start sounding a bit like New Orleans bands that added a guitar.

Here’s a bunch of things you can do:

  1. Find a bass drum-like sound on your guitar and play along with the bass drum
  2. Strum muted chords along to the rhythm of the bass line
  3. Strum chords along to the rhythm of the bass line
  4. Strum muted chords along to the snare drum
  5. Strum chords along to the snare
  6. Learn the base line and play along with the bass line
  7. Sing the lyrics
  8. Learn the melodies the horn parts play
  9. Come up the single line rhythmic parts for the guitar
  10. Play along with the solos
  11. Make up your own solos and countermelodies
  12. Drum along with the snare using your hand on the table or if you have drum sticks that’s good too

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