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I'm a drummer looking for advice

Discussion in 'Ask Lynn Seaton' started by peebro4321, Jul 27, 2012.

  1. peebro4321


    Jul 9, 2012
    Hello, I'm not a bass player but my question is....are there any cd/book combinations that have examples of different grooves played (at least 16 measures )? I'm a drummer and years ago Ray Brown had an LP where you could play along and it really helped me key my ear into what the bass player is doing, so I'm hoping there is something out there that has different styles that I could do the same with.

    Thanks for reading this.( I hope it made sense)
  2. Lynn Seaton

    Lynn Seaton Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2006
    Denton, TX
    There are many great play-a-longs out there. Of course Jamey Aebersold set the standard with those and continues to produce them.

    Another for this is a rhythm section workout:

    Several others are here:

    Here is a link to some drum-less tracks: http://www.freedrumlessons.com/drum-lessons/drum-play-alongs.php

    Here is a big band one:

    Playing along with great recordings is a tried and true method too. Speaking of Ray Brown, Oscar Peterson Trio "Live at the Shakespearean Stratford Festival" with Herb Ellis and Ray is an incredible drum-less record. There are other OP trio records with Herb or Barney Kessel.
    Some of my drummer friends love to play along with the Nat Cole trio records.
    I hope this helps.
  3. pacojas

    pacojas "FYYA BUN"

    Oct 11, 2009
    if you like the Blues, John Mayall has a live album without drums that is amazing!:)
  4. peebro4321


    Jul 9, 2012
    Thanks very much for the suggestions. I don't think I was quite clear as to what I was looking for. I wasn't so much looking for music minus drums but rather music with bass only. I did find one in the Aebersold catalog called "Good Time " there my be others but the decriptions are sometimes a little vague. Also found some " rock" type cd's from "Turn it up lay it down"

    again thanks for the good ideas

  5. You could try "Essential Styles for the Drummer and Bassist" by Steve Houghton & Tom Warrington. The book has 30 different examples covering rock, funk, latin, and swing style, with each example having both a written-out bass and drum part. The play-along CD has bass in one channel and drums in the other, so you could pan to one side, and have just the bass playing with you. It's a great book, and one I still use from time to time.
  6. peebro4321


    Jul 9, 2012
    Thanks for the tip! It looks just like what I want. Just now ordered it.
  7. Lynn Seaton

    Lynn Seaton Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2006
    Denton, TX
    That is an excellent book!
  8. peebro4321


    Jul 9, 2012
    Hi...............It seems that after I figured out how to control the right/left channels in Windows Media Player( it involves about six steps) there quite a few study materials that fit my needs, again thanx for all the good ideas.

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