I (like many of you, I'd guess) have that James Brown Funkmasters rhythm section book to practice from. I've been playing the bass parts, and that has of course been extremely helpful. This weekend, I finally got around to programming the drum parts. The book came with CDs, I have actual James Brown CDs, etc.... This is not about hearing what the songs are supposed to sound like. But lacking the physical capability to play drums (having never practiced enough to get any limb-independence going, let alone a sufficient amount to play the baddest-ass shiznit of all time), just the simple act of basically paying enough attention to the drums to type the patterns into a sequencer (I used Fruity Loops) was amazingly educational. As a bonus, I have all these wav files I can loop in Acid to practice with as I see fit, but just spending a half-day thinking hard about drums led to the real payoff. Particularly doing 20 songs in a row to see the similarities.