Groove is second nature for bass players and drummers, but most guitar players can be a bit groove-challenged when it comes to finding "the pocket" and staying there. If your rhythm skills, sense of timing and overall groove is somewhat lacking -- pack your bags and head to the shed with Groove Camp, an intensive study program focused solely on rhythm, timing and groove.
Your Groove Camp leader is the inimitable Frank Vignola. Frank is one of the most accomplished, multi-dimensional players walking the planet today. Monster player, composer and improviser, Frank plays proficiently in every genre, from jazz to bluegrass, and works with everyone and their brother. Frank's pedigree is a mile long, but a quick Google will illustrate why there's no one better qualified to help you find the pocket and stay there.
Frank brought the band to the studio for this one; Rich Zukor on bass and percussion, Vinnie Raniolo on guitar and special guest host and master percussionist, Joe Ascione, a first-call, universally-respected drummer with 60-plus records to his credit. Your Groove Camp counselors thoroughly examine ten distinct "grooves" covering blues shuffles, driving rock, linear funk, jazz fusion and modern Latin grooves.
The real fun begins when you dig in with a variety of time signatures including 4/4, halftime, 5/4, 7/8, 9/8 and 11/8. Can you groove in all of these time signatures? You will soon! Groove Camp is a hands-on course with a break-through approach for fixing what ails your groove without relying on tedious rhythm exercises and boring tutorials on timing. Rather, students play their way through the material from the ground up, first by studying how the groove is established with bass and drums, and then learning how to lock in the perfect rhythm guitar part. Frank ices the cake by demonstrating how to solo in and around the groove. The course also includes a percussion/rhythm master class from Joe Ascione. Groove Camp covers it all.