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Our online rhythm section lessons are designed to guide you step by step to learn the fundamentals of creating and locking in the beat, and provide practical advice to learn and improve your technique as you play together using some of your favorite songs in pop, country, urban, rock, and more. more...

You will learn how to play a tight rhythm section directly from musicians who are in bands now and have played for Alicia Keys, Eminem, Sting, Drake, Kanye West, Fun., Sharon Jones and more.

Be sure to check out our rhythm section courses for a more structured approach to learning, removing the guesswork of what to study next.
 
 
Ain't It Fun by Paramore
Constructing Complimentary Parts
 

Dylan Wissing and Antar Goodwin explore the interplay between the drums and bass and discuss each of the instrument's playing techniques and complimentary parts each one plays to create excellent forward momentum throughout the song. 

 
 
00:24:52
Advanced
 
Art of the Rhythm Section Part 1
Role of the Rhythm Section
 

Dylan Wissing and Antar Goodwin discuss the job of the rhythm section, explaining the support role that a rhythm section plays to either a song, band or melody instrument. 

 
 
00:06:17
Intermediate
 
Art of the Rhythm Section Part 2
Role of the Rhythm Section
 

Dylan Wissing and Antar Goodwin continue their discussion around the job of the rhythm section focusing on explaining the individual roles of both the drummer and bass player and provide more specifics on how the two instruments work together.

 
 
00:24:05
Intermediate
 
Classic by MKTO
Layering Parts
 

Dylan Wissing and Antar Goodwin discuss the rhythmic aspect of this song and demonstrate the drum and bass parts and how they fit together. They explain the layering parts and the techniques used to create the laid back feel.

 
 
00:19:12
Advanced
 
Happy by Pharrell Williams
Imitating Synths & Drum Machines
 

Dylan Wissing and Antar Goodwin explore how to create the sound of this smash record in a live environment by emulating the drum part originally created on a drum machine and the bass part first created on a synthesizer.

 
 
00:12:26
Intermediate
 
Reggae Grooves - Part 1 60's-70's
Reggae Roots
 

Dylan Wissing and Antar Goodwin discuss the roots of reggae, when it was known as ska music, and demonstrate these early grooves on the drums and bass discussing playing techniques used.

 
 
00:23:41
Intermediate
 
Reggae Grooves - Part 2 80s-90s
Reggae Roots
 

Dylan Wissing and Antar Goodwin continue discussing the roots of reggae and the progression of reggae from live instruments to how other influences like synthesizers, drum machines, rap music, and dub production changed the sound.

 
 
00:25:28
Intermediate
 
Rude by Magic!
Traditional and Pop Reggae
 

Dylan Wissing and Antar Goodwin discuss the pop reggae groove and how the drums and bass fit together on this song. They demonstrate the difference between traditional reggae and pop reggae.

 
 
00:19:42
Intermediate
 
 
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