Guitar Day Workshop: Groove is King

By PAUL BOTHNER MUSIC | October 19, 2016


Groove is the most essential element of good music. Groove is King! Whether you call it “feel”, “vibe” or “gees”, it all comes down to the same thing; the rhythmic glue that holds a band together.

Groove is defined as “the sense of propulsive rhythmic “feel” or sense of “swing”. In jazz, it can be felt as a persistently repeated pattern. It can be created by the interaction of the music played by a band’s rhythm section.”

During this workshop, Andrews will demonstrate the importance of groove in a variety of genres spanning from Rock and Metal to Salsa and World Music. He will be joined by the iconic drummer Ivan Bell. Andrews and Bell have worked closely together for the past 20 years and are the perfect combo to demonstrate the finer points of groove.

Groove is King

Andrews and Bell will demonstrate where the groove is. Once they’ve identified the groove, they will then make it swing.

But groove is more than just the interaction of the drummer and the bass player. Because of this, Andrews will demonstrate how other instruments can make the bass and drums sound even better.

Moving on from there, the pair will show practical applications of how play grooves in odd meters. Furthermore, you will be shown what is expected from other musicians in order to make your band sound tight!

After which, you will be shown practice tips to help improve your groove.


This is the ideal workshop for anyone who needs to learn how to convey the feeling of a song to their audience. No matter what your skill level is, you will learn something new. Or at the very least learn a new way to look at something you already know.

More about Alistair Andrews

Andrews has worked as a musician his entire life. Or at least since he can remember. He is first and foremost a bass player. Although he is much more than just a bass player; he is a composer, teacher, and clinician.

He is one part of Kalahari Connection, a world music band taking South Africa by storm! In addition to being a prolific gigging bass player, Andrews regularly hosts music workshops at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival as well as the Grahamstown Music Festival.

During his long career, Andrews has worked with some truly great musicians, both locally and internationally. For more about Andrews, be sure to have a look at his website.

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