18 Mar, 2016

I Got You (I Feel Good)

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A classic groove from the funk master Melvin Parker, this is arguably James Brown's most famous song. I love the open hi-hats here and the lightness of the groove. Again it's a deceptively difficult groove that takes some coordination. Also, the off-beat accents during bars 11-12 of the verse can easily catch you out! The sax break functioning as a pre-chorus provides the opportunity to move the groove on to the ride cymbal with a slight variation in the bass drum. Then the chorus drops into a typical rock 'n roll type groove....

I'll have some lessons out soon covering these point and more so stay tuned....