Great Hands for a Lifetime - Tommy Igoe DVD

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Tommy Igoe Offers A Foundation For Developing And Maintaining Hand Technique With “Great Hands For A Lifetime, featuring the Lifetime Warmup™” DVD.

Hudson Music is proud to announce the release of Great Hands For A Lifetime, a new DVD from Tommy Igoe, 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’.”

At the heart of this life-changing, career-extending system is the three-tier “Lifetime Warm-up™” originally conceived in the 1950’s by Tommy’s father, Sonny Igoe. Featuring basic, intermediate and advanced levels, the Lifetime Warm-up is a challenging routine that weaves it’s way though standard drum rudiments and original exercises while simultaneously keeping players in command of their basic drumming motions. The “Lifetime Warm-up” is designed to be a friendly companion to a regular practice session or, in it’s advanced version, a tough task-master that will test the control and stamina of any drummer.

“The real challenge after you get great technique is to maintain it. I’ve been playing this incredible routine since I was six years old and my hands feel as fresh today as they did when I was teenager,” says Igoe. “It’s been with me for my ‘lifetime’ and now new generations of drummers will be able to make it part of their daily musical journey.”

The nearly four-hour DVD includes Tommy demonstrating the basics of his system, Matched and Traditional Grip, Fulcrum Concepts, Rebound Strokes, Singles and Doubles, Check Patterns, The Five Families of Rudiments, and group demonstrations with five of his students, including all three versions of the Lifetime Warm-up. Included are a free, color-coordinated, wall sized “Lifetime Warm-up” poster and a compact fold-out guide courtesy of Evans Drumheads as well as a printable, 60-page eBook with instruction and exercises.

Created by one of today’s most successful and progressive drum educators, Great Hands For A Lifetime brings the no-nonsense, inspiring approach of the Groove Essentials series to hand technique and provides proven alternative for drummers who wish to discover the full potential of their hands and stay healthy drumming over the decades to come.