Rhythm Section Fundamentals

Getting the piano, bass and drums to play as one.

Featuring Peter Martin, Reuben Rogers and Greg Hutchinson.

Tighten up your trio.

It's a common problem. You sound great in the practice room but when you sit in at a jam session or get on a trio gig, everything feels uncomfortable and clunky.

Don't lose the connection between practice and performance. Let three of the top-call rhythm section players in modern jazz teach you the secrets to playing and thriving in a super-tight rhythm section.

After completing this course...

You'll be able to:
  • play and arrange several different styles as a rhythm section
  • listen for the elements that help you lock in with your bandmates
  • accompany a soloist or vocalist in a supportive way

You'll also get:
  • loads of pdf transcriptions and lead sheets
  • audio downloads of each lesson and performance

Living Notation

Our exclusive Living Notation technology allows you to follow Peter and Reuben's playing and demonstrations in real time with moving, interactive notation.
"A great learning tool... The Rhythm Section Fundamentals course is simply stunning! Inspirational stuff!!"

Keith H. (GB)

"This is a fantastic course; one lesson is worth the price of the whole course."

Marco F. (IT)

Want to try it for free?

Check out a full length sample lesson and see if the course is right for you!

Meet Your Teachers

Peter Martin is an acclaimed jazz pianist, educator, and founder of Open Studio. Peter has performed and recorded on six continents with Wynton Marsalis, Dianne Reeves, Betty Carter, Christian McBride, Joshua Redman as well as his own ensembles. He has recorded over 400 lessons, pioneering the field of online jazz education and was recently featured in the New York Times for his ground breaking work.

Greg Hutchinson has appeared on over 160 recordings, performing and recording with countless jazz greats including Betty Carter, Joshua Redman, Dianne Reeves, Wynton Marsalis, John Scofield, Roy Hargrove, Diana Krall and Harry Connick Jr.

Reuben Rogers combined the calypso & reggae rhythms of his native Virgin Islands with the gospel sounds of the church and the freedom and improvisation of jazz to create the unique chemistry that would make him one of the most distinctive and in-demand bassists in modern jazz. He’s  performed with Charles Lloyd, Wynton Marsalis, Joshua Redman, Tomasz Stanko, Roy Hargrove, Marcus Roberts, Nicholas Payton, Mulgrew Miller, Jackie McLean and Dianne Reeves. 

What's in the course:

Start Here

Grooves & Terms
How to Use Living Notation

Lessons

"Donna Lee" Performance 🎼
Bebop
"Donna Lee" Fast Performance 🎼
"Clapper Dapper" Performance 🎼
The Blues
"One Finger Snap" Performance 🎼
Modern Jazz
Bossa Nova (Piano & Bass)
"Triste" Performance 🎼
Bossa Nova (Drums)
All About Ballads
"Sophisticated Lady" Performance 🎼
Focus on the Bass
"Blues In The Closet" Performance 🎼
Focus on the Piano
"Have You Met Miss Jones" Performance 🎼
Focus on the Drums
"Evidence" Performance 🎼
"Pick Yourself Up" Performance 🎼
Accompanying a Vocalist - Part 1
Accompanying a Vocalist - Part 2
"Broadmoor" Bonus Performance 🎼

Resources

Blues in the Closet - Piano Chart
Blues In The Closet - Bass Chart
Broadmoor - Bass Chart
Broadmoor - Piano Chart
Clapper Dapper - Bass Chart
Clapper Dapper - Piano Chart
Donna Lee - Bass Chart
Donna Lee - Piano Chart
Donna Lee Fast - Bass Chart
Donna Lee Fast - Piano Chart
Evidence - Bass Chart
Evidence - Piano Chart
Have You Met Miss Jones - Bass Chart
Have You Met Miss Jones - Piano Chart
One Finger Snap - 2-Hand Comping Ideas
One Finger Snap - Piano Chart
One Finger Snap - Bass Chart
Pick Yourself Up - Bass Chart
Pick Yourself Up - Vocals Chart
Pick Yourself Up - Piano Chart
Sophisticated Lady - Bass Chart
Sophisticated Lady - Piano Chart
Triste - Bass Chart
Triste - Piano Chart

Simple Player Versions

Grooves & Terms
"Donna Lee" Performance
Bebop
"Donna Lee" Fast Performance
"Clapper Dapper" Performance
The Blues
Preview
"One Finger Snap" Performance
Modern Jazz
Bossa Nova (Piano & Bass)
"Triste" Performance
Bossa Nova (Drums)
All About Ballads
"Sophisticated Lady" Performance
Focus on the Bass
"Blues in the Closet" Performance
Focus on the Piano
"Have You Met Miss Jones" Performance
Focus on the Drums
"Evidence" Performance
"Pick Yourself Up" Performance
Accompanying a Vocalist - Part 1
Accompanying a Vocalist - Part 2
"Broadmoor" Bonus Performance

Audio Versions of Lessons

Grooves & Terms
"Donna Lee" Performance
Bebop
"Donna Lee" Fast Performance
"Clapper Dapper" Performance
The Blues
"One Finger Snap" Performance
Modern Jazz
Bossa Nova (Piano & Bass)
"Triste" Performance
Bossa Nova (Drums)
All About Ballads
"Sophisticated Lady" Performance
Focus on the Bass
"Blues in the Closet" Performance
Focus on the Piano
"Have You Met Miss Jones?" Performance
Focus on the Drums
"Evidence" Performance
"Pick Yourself Up" Performance
Accompanying a Vocalist (Part 1)
Accompanying a Vocalist (Part 2)
"Broadmoor" Bonus Performance

FAQs

Is this course right for me?

Rhythm Section Fundamentals is perfect for you if you:

  • Are a pianist, bassist, or drummer that wants to tighten up their approach to playing in a trio
  • Want to learn how to approach different styles and tempos
  • Want to learn how to accompany a vocalist
  • Want a set course that you can take at your own pace

What if it's too basic or difficult for me?

No problem! We have other beginner to advanced courses as well, and we'll happily switch you if needed. We also have a  full satisfaction guarantee with easy refund if you're not happy with the course.

I've got more questions!

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