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REVIEW: Hal Leonard R&B Vol. 2

RBIf you’re looking to perfect your Motown groove, the Hal Leonard R&B Vol. 2 book can help you get there. This book lays out the bass lines from great songs of ’60s/’70s R&B and Motown. The bass lines featured provide the foundation for playing the rhythmically and melodically diverse lines from ’60s and ’70s R&B.  From the Jackson 5 “I Want You Back,” to the Four Tops, to Marvin Gaye, and James Brown’s “I Got You,” the selections are still relevant hits today. But more than that, learning the lines offers further development of your melodic line building and mastering that driving groove provided by the bass.

Once you learn these iconic bass lines, you can start to internalize the patterns and nuances of R&B that give Motown its distinctive groove. Using the play-along CD as a guide will help you get the shape of these lines so that getting the notes under your fingers feels like locking in another piece of the puzzle. The CD features play-along tracks with and without the bass parts. The tracks all play out true to the form of the artist who first made the song a hit. If you’re looking to expand your R&B repertoire and gain some new old-school bass vocabulary, this volume provides everything you need to master these songs.

Emma Lambiase

Details: Hal Leonard Play-Along: R&B Vol. 2
Published by Hall Leonard Corporation
ISBN: 978-0-634-08998-5
Cover Price: $14.99

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