This is a logical extension of Igoes first volume, Groove Essentials. Both are great for sure. As with GE, the use of the DVD in conjunction with the book and play-a-long MP3 is as close as you can get to taking private lessons with the author, short of actually doing that.
I studied privately with Tommy Igoe for over five years. Had a lesson every two weeks. He is the real deal! He teaches the same way he plays: Clear, concise, funny at times, positive, supportive, demanding (in a good way), deeply knowledgeable, extremely experienced. Oh, and he can play his a** off!
One VERY key element to you having a good time (FUN!) and solid results (gigs!) with this Groove Essentials 2.0 is that you have taken the time and attention to detail (recording yourself and listening back) on Groove Essentials 1.0 - The first volume of this. Other-wise you will be very frustrated. Pardon the pun but this is ESSENTIAL!
ABOUT IGOE'S METHODS:
1) My goal in selecting a teacher was to find one that is currently working on a top professional level: CHECK. Igoe is on major records and has steady gigs for a major show and artists in New York City every week. If you live in the NYC area you can go see/hear him play....um, in the real world, with top NYC musicians every week.
2) I wanted a teacher who could really demonstrate to me how to groove in all current and past styles of drumming at a truly top notch professional level. Whether it be Pop, Jazz, Funk, R&R, Latin, Odd Meter, Sight reading, Chart road maps, rudiments, and even Orchestral! CHECK.
3) I wanted a teacher who is super positive, encouraging - yet honest and is reasonably demanding because that teacher knows what the expected level of musicianship and what the competition is like out there in the real world. CHECK - AGAIN!
4) I wanted a teacher who could keep me thinking is a realistic way so I could find work and avoid getting all tangled up in the typical drummers "chops are god" mind set. In other words, he keeps you aware of the MUSICAL needs in the MUSIC rather than the groove killer drummer drumming for drumming only stuff that we all get caught up in at times. CHECK.
Don't get me wrong though, Igoe can smoke on all the drumnastics playing too. It's just that he knows when that stuff is appropriate and when it is not and he'll help you see the differences.
Along those lines: One thing he said about drumming in todays world was something like: "Tony Williams is of course absolutely amazing! He is a once in a few hundred years kind of drummer. I love his playing and it has its place. But if you go to your local wedding or bar gig and play standards like Tony did you might get fired. So listen to the band and keep your role as a good musician - not just a drummer - in perspective on all your gigs. Save the Tony stuff for when it is musically appropriate"
To remind you - Groove Essentials 2.0 is a challenging, fun and very informative, very practical volume. You gotta do GE 1.0 FIRST!
If you are itching to buy it - go ahead. But do not do any playing at first! Just watch the DVD and really listen to the MP3 as you follow along the charts with your eyes (NOT PLAYING) so you can "Pre-learn" the grooves and concepts..,
...BUT please do yourself a big favor and be able to play the ENTIRETY of Groove Essentials 1.0 very clean and groovy BEFORE you work on this one. Read ALL the text and do the variations in GE 1.0 BEFORE doing GE 2.0. You'll be a better drummer and a better musician if you follow this advice. Oh, and you will be playing great grooves and having a blast! Ain't that the whole idea?
Keep it Groovy.