Tommy Igoe's Great Hands For A Lifetime
- Matched and Traditional Grip
- Fulcrum Concepts
- Rebound Strokes
- Single/Double-Stroke Check Patterns
- The Five Families of Rudiments
- Group Exercise Routines
- Lifetime Warmup™ Elements Explained
- Three Levels of Lifetime Warmup™ Demoed with Group
- MP3s for on-the-go practicing
- 57-page eBook with extra practice material
- An interview with Sonny Igoe (creator of The Lifetime Warmup!)
This guy only focuses on concepts that will translate well over to the drumset. He stresses that even though its great to try different musical activities like drum corps, one must be sure to not stay involved with it for too long. Simply, take the best of all the different types of music you have played and blend it into the most practical set of skills that you can apply to actual musical jobs that drummers get hired to do. There are no secrets kept when dealing with Igoe. He tells you EXACTLY what you need to focus on in order to become successful in the world of music.
Tommy Igoe explains throughly how to hold the stick, for each hand (match, traditional , French), goes over each step slowly for a while, so that the viewer can get the hang of it, then moves on to the next step. He takes his time to make sure you get it (the camera close ups really help too). Then he does the one thing that actually makes anybody practice.
He sits in a half circle with several of his students, and they all practice, building up speed. Because of this, the actual practice of all that he teaches is easy, not boring.
This DVD is long. It will take weeks to months (if you actually play along) to complete it. That's the whole point. Unless you're an advanced drummer to begin with, it will take some time to feel comfortable (let alone "master") each individual element. But as you do, you have one more piece of the puzzle that will ultimately become the complete version of the full lifetime exercise.
This is not a guy who believes in drills just for drill-sake. You need only listen to this man play. The guy is an incredible player. Considering the incredible talent out there (Weckl, Gadd, Smith etc etc etc), that's saying a lot. He plays with speed, power, finesse, but always as a master musician. He couldn't have accomplished that being just a slave to drills.