You Gotta Hand It to Igoe
By Andrew Lentz Published January 5, 2010
Great Hands For A Lifetime, Tommy Igoe’s new DVD from Hudson Music takes you into the rhythmic world of the world-renowned drummer, educator and star of the Groove Essentials™ series of educational DVDs, books and play-along CDs.
While Groove Essentials has become the new standard for mastering a variety of musical styles and drumset patterns, Great Hands… focuses on developing and maintaining the physical tools that are essential for every drummer and drumming application: their hands.
“Solid technique is never about winning a speed contest or mastering any particular trick, it’s about having the foundation to play whatever you want and stay healthy doing it,” explains Igoe. “Behind the drumset, we all have different musical goals and I want to give everyone the tools they need to realize their individual dreams. Great Hands… doesn’t use a ‘method’, but rather shows the practical concepts I use myself and have refined over 25 years of private instruction. This approach allows everyone to find what works best for them rather than forcing anyone to follow a particular set of ‘rules’.”
Created by one of today’s most successful and progressive drum educators, Great Hands For A Lifetime brings the inspiring approach of Groove Essentials to hand technique and offers a realistic, practical approach developed to improve the strength, speed, stamina, comfort and control of every drummer.
The “Lifetime Warmup™” is a challenging routine that weaves it’s way though standard drum rudiments and original exercises and is designed to be a friendly companion to a regular practice session or a task-master that will challenge even the most advanced drummer.
The four-hour DVD includes individual and group demonstrations of matched and traditional grip, fulcrum concepts, rebound strokes, singles and doubles, check patterns and the five families of rudiments. Included are a free, color-coordinated, wall sized “Lifetime Warmup” poster and a compact fold-out guide (courtesy of Evans Drumheads) as well as a printable eBook. $24.95.