Country School: Groove

What really makes Country music tick is the rhythmic "groove". While it’s nice to have a library of fancy licks in your bag, you need to play them in rhythm or things just won’t feel quite right. One key to success is to stop thinking the groove and to start feeling the groove. Merely thinking about the time by counting in our heads is an abstraction that distracts our attention away from feeling (and enjoying) the concrete physical and sonic experience of the music we are playing. In fact, the abstract notion of time as a mathematical construct and the concrete experience of time as physical motion reside in different parts of our brains! You want to feel the time in your whole body!