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“Knock On Wood” – Eddie Floyd

“Knock On Wood” – Eddie Floyd

Let's learn a hit song by Eddie Floyd called "Knock On Wood". This song was released on Stax records in 1966 which was at the height of the Soul era. The "four-on-the-floor" groove pattern makes it an early inspiration for funk music.

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“I Got You (I Feel Good)” – James Brown

“I Got You (I Feel Good)” – James Brown

Let's play a song by James Brown, the godfather of soul. His music shaped what later became known as funk music. This is an incredibly fun style of music for a drummer to study and play because it has everything to do with the groove. Today we'll play James Brown's biggest hit, "I Got You (I Feel Good)".

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“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

The Motown record label released countless hit songs in the 60s and 70s that became the backbone of American soul and R&B music. Many of these songs inspired future generations of musicians and songwriters. In this lesson we will learn how to play the original recording of the song "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell from 1967.

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