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Play Along: R & B - Hip Hop

Tommy Igoe

I love all the tunes in Groove Essentials, but if I were forced to choose the top five, this here would make the list. It's a more improvisational approach to an R&B groove based on a song that just begs to be explored.

Let's talk about some new chart elements. This chart has many cues (small figures written above the staves that cue us into rhythms played by the band; we can play them or not - the composer lets us decide). The strange-looking second half of line 1 is a 4-bar repeat, telling us to repeat the previous 4 bars. Lastly, extra instruction is given at Letter A to repeat those 8 bars.