Rhythm Section Fundamentals by Open Studio

Rhythm Section Fundamentals

Getting the piano, bass and drums to play as one

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.

Includes lifetime access to entire course.

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.

Applause from our members

"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)

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. 

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What's included?

Video Icon 23 videos File Icon 47 files Text Icon 24 text files

Contents

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
75.1 KB
Blues In The Closet - Bass Chart
78.8 KB
Broadmoor - Bass Chart
102 KB
Broadmoor - Piano Chart
200 KB
Clapper Dapper - Bass Chart
47.9 KB
Clapper Dapper - Piano Chart
163 KB
Donna Lee - Bass Chart
83.5 KB
Donna Lee - Piano Chart
172 KB
Donna Lee Fast - Bass Chart
83.5 KB
Donna Lee Fast - Piano Chart
171 KB
Evidence - Bass Chart
70.7 KB
Evidence - Piano Chart
111 KB
Have You Met Miss Jones - Bass Chart
63.2 KB
Have You Met Miss Jones - Piano Chart
139 KB
One Finger Snap - 2-Hand Comping Ideas
53.4 KB
One Finger Snap - Piano Chart
170 KB
One Finger Snap - Bass Chart
88.7 KB
Pick Yourself Up - Bass Chart
70.6 KB
Pick Yourself Up - Vocals Chart
88.2 KB
Pick Yourself Up - Piano Chart
170 KB
Sophisticated Lady - Bass Chart
63.3 KB
Sophisticated Lady - Piano Chart
215 KB
Triste - Bass Chart
95.3 KB
Triste - Piano Chart
268 KB
Simple Player Versions
Grooves & Terms
24 mins
"Donna Lee" Performance
4 mins
Bebop
15 mins
"Donna Lee" Fast Performance
4 mins
"Clapper Dapper" Performance
4 mins
The Blues
9 mins
"One Finger Snap" Performance
3 mins
Modern Jazz
29 mins
Bossa Nova (Piano & Bass)
16 mins
"Triste" Performance
2.01 GB
Bossa Nova (Drums)
7 mins
All About Ballads
19 mins
"Sophisticated Lady" Performance
5 mins
Focus on the Bass
15 mins
"Blues in the Closet" Performance
3 mins
Focus on the Piano
18 mins
"Have You Met Miss Jones" Performance
2 mins
Focus on the Drums
20 mins
"Evidence" Performance
3 mins
"Pick Yourself Up" Performance
4 mins
Accompanying a Vocalist - Part 1
5 mins
Accompanying a Vocalist - Part 2
9 mins
"Broadmoor" Bonus Performance
5 mins
Audio Versions of Lessons
Grooves & Terms
24 mins
"Donna Lee" Performance
4 mins
Bebop
15 mins
"Donna Lee" Fast Performance
4 mins
"Clapper Dapper" Performance
4 mins
The Blues
9 mins
"One Finger Snap" Performance
3 mins
Modern Jazz
29 mins
Bossa Nova (Piano & Bass)
16 mins
"Triste" Performance
6 mins
Bossa Nova (Drums)
7 mins
All About Ballads
19 mins
"Sophisticated Lady" Performance
5 mins
Focus on the Bass
15 mins
"Blues in the Closet" Performance
3 mins
Focus on the Piano
18 mins
"Have You Met Miss Jones?" Performance
2 mins
Focus on the Drums
20 mins
"Evidence" Performance
3 mins
"Pick Yourself Up" Performance
4 mins
Accompanying a Vocalist (Part 1)
5 mins
Accompanying a Vocalist (Part 2)
9 mins
"Broadmoor" Bonus Performance
5 mins

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.

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