Essential Grooves packs everything you need to know about contemporary styles into a must-have reference of audio, scores, and text. The book presents 41 different grooves covering all the important styles that have influenced contemporary music, each performed by live players. The book/DVD set contains scores, text, and stereo mixes of the musical examples,as well as multi-track audio files of each example that all instrumenta lists can use in a variety of ways. Users of this book will acquire the vocabulary and gain a deep understanding of each style through the historical background provided. The book's unique, license-free audio examples can be used to create custom play-alongs and original music. Through Essential Grooves, the user will understand how all the instruments in the rhythm section are notated. Used together, the book and the audio willhelp you to not only learn these styles, but also create original music based on these grooves.