GE 2.0 is one of the finest pieces of musical education money can buy.
I first used the original Groove Essentials, and loved it. The sequel has topped that in spectacular fashion.
Getting deep into Brushes, Odd-Signatures and more complicated summaries, and an epic last summary were some highlights for me. The entire book maintains the highest quality, sparing you of a single dull moment.
I would very highly recommend this to anyone and everyone. If you're a drummer, or in need of some inspiration or a challenge, look no further!
Another on of the BEST books out there! This too (like his first book) is RAMMED with LOTS to do. Well written, humorous content and excellent transcribed grooves and scores. It's NOT easy! Not for beginners but if you've been playing a while and got your playing fairly together or you can read and want to expand your ideas and knowledge OR you've a teacher who can guide you through - GET IT!
Tommy's second Groove Essentials takes you up a notch from the original. The book is a must as it not only shows you variations on the groove itself, but allows to to follow the score, put your own fills in where needed so you become part of the band. The CD enclosed contains MP3 files to squeeze it all in. Not only here are the backing tracks - and boy, what about those musicians on those tracks, excellent in every quarter - but Tommy explains, in his own words, some of the trickier tracks, guiding you through, counting and encouraging so you can master the art.
All in all a totally excellent piece of work! Will keep me busy for years to come!
Terrific book and a great concept. Only downside is the play along CD (it's actually a DVD with hours of audio on it) will only play on a computer/laptop, and it's a REAL struggle to get it into iTunes and to actually stay there. iTunes really doesn't like these discs.... Both the 2.0 and the previous 1.0 play along discs keep deleting from iTunes and my PC laptop. Maybe I just don't understand enough about the technical aspects of transferring the discs, but at this price it should be an easier task and more reliable in the long run?