Getting Creative:

  • Styles:
  • Blues
  • Funk
  • Fusion
  • Jazz
  • R&B
  • Rock
  • Skill Level:
  • Advanced
  • Intermediate
  • Number of Lessons:
  • 5
  • Price:
  • $3.99

This pack will get your groove creativity flowing to a new level with some extremely funky examples based on the patterns of the great drummers of James Brown. Stanton takes some of their basic ideas, and after analysis, applies his own creativity to create new ideas and improvisations from them. You can draw from this material to create your own funky variations.

Stanton has two classic resources available for those who want to pursue more concepts like this: his DVD, Groove Alchemy, which contains hundreds of demonstrated examples as well as funky performances from his band, and his book/CD package (also called Groove Alchemy), which is an encyclopedia of funk grooves, and a definitive historical work covering the drumming of Zigaboo Modeliste, the drummers of James Brown, New Orleans concepts, shuffles, and much more. Check them out at

Also look for more packs from Stanton here in Drum Guru.

Here are the lessons that appear in this pack:

  1. Clyde Stubblefield Variations
  2. Uptempo “Funky Drummer” Variations
  3. “Sex Machine” Hi-Hat Patterns
  4. Basic Pattern
  5. Jabo Improv Ideas