“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:
- Find a bass drum-like sound on your guitar and play along with the bass drum
- Strum muted chords along to the rhythm of the bass line
- Strum chords along to the rhythm of the bass line
- Strum muted chords along to the snare drum
- Strum chords along to the snare
- Learn the base line and play along with the bass line
- Sing the lyrics
- Learn the melodies the horn parts play
- Come up the single line rhythmic parts for the guitar
- Play along with the solos
- Make up your own solos and countermelodies
- Drum along with the snare using your hand on the table or if you have drum sticks that’s good too