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  • Actors: Tommy Igoe
  • Directors: Gregory McKean
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Hudson Music
  • DVD Release Date: January 26, 2010
  • Run Time: 240 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0031SUP26
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,104 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Great Hands for a Lifetime offers a realistic, practical approach that will unlock your potential and protect your hands through years of drumming. Developed to improve the strength, speed, stamina, comfort and control of every drummer, the 4-hour DVD features: Matched and Traditional Grip Fulcrum Concepts Rebound Strokes Accents Single/Double-Stroke Check Patterns The Five Families of Rudiments Group Exercise Routines Lifetime WarmupTM Elements Explained Three Levels of Lifetime WarmupTM Demoed with Group MP3s for on-the-go practicing 57-page eBook with extra practice material Wall-sized poster and compact fold-out guide An interview with Sonny Igoe (creator of The Lifetime Warmup!) Good technique requires maintenance! The Lifetime WarmupTM is how it s done. This incredible workout weaves the standard drum rudiments with original exercises to maintain your technique as well as inspire and challenge you for decades. Use it as a warmup before a gig or as a kickoff to an intense practice session. Use it for anything you want; it s designed to fit your needs. Watch Tommy and group of five drummers play through the routine and see how this approach molds itself to each set of hands.

Customer Reviews

It's an excellent instructional DVD.
NBO
One of the things that I've found most helpful so far is Tommy and a cast of drummers of various skill levels playing thru the exercises.
W. Fleming
Tommy Igoe breaks down hand and stick technique in an easy to follow, no BS, straight to the point kind of way.
Jon Pace

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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful By W. Fleming on February 11, 2010
I've had this dvd a little over 2 weeks now and I can already tell it's going to be something that I can use and refer back to forever. As Tommy explains in the intro-with the influx of various drum videos on the market--this one is specifically geared toward the development of the hands--which are an essential part in playing the drumset. As with the previous reviews above--I think a lot more practice pads just got moved in front of the living-room TV!!! This is an EXTREME value for your $$$. Not only do you get the dvd, the foldout poster of the rudimental exercises and a smaller, foldout version of the poster--but Tommy also includes a 50+ page pdf file of even MORE exercises, insights AND some mp3 files of various exercises played with and w/o a click. One of the things that I've found most helpful so far is Tommy and a cast of drummers of various skill levels playing thru the exercises. It really made me listen to myself AS WELL AS the others to keep myself in check to make sure I was playing correctly. I would rank this right up there with the Joe Morello and JoJo Mayer dvds as far as importance of hand development. If you are a serious student of drumming, this is a "MUST HAVE".....!
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Monaco on February 11, 2010
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I studied with TI on and off over the past 6 years. This dvd served as a summary of all of the great things we worked on during lessons. 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. As soon as I decided to listen to him and focus on those essential skill sets; I've been hired nonstop playing in musicals and paid band gigs. Get this dvd, watch it, focus on these concepts, and your drumming will improve greatly.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy J. Smith on February 10, 2010
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As a Vic Firth PDT and Hudson Music TIP member, I had been waiting (like many) for the release of this. I already use Groove Essentials 1.0 and 2.0 with my private middle school and high school students, and Groove Essentials is on the syllabus for my college students. Needless to say, I got what I was expecting...not just another drum "video", but technique concepts that can be applied not only to my students, but to myself as well.

I've participated in clinics before where a drummer on stage plays some 4-way coordination piece of 5 in the right foot, 3 in the left foot, 11 on the right hand and 7 in the left hand, yet when asked how drummers can get to do that, the answer was "practice". Yeah...that doesn't help. One of the things I try to work with my students is getting them to not only establish a practice routine (you gotta make the time commitment!), but on what to do during this practice routine.

GHFALT can be incorporated to any practice routine, and I'm sure you will see amazing results. I've ordered numerous books (Don Fam's Weaker Side, Chafee's Technique series, and more) in search of that which can take my own playing to the next level. Yet, once I took hold of a great concept in this video - playing simple concepts at a high level (Sorry Tommy if I didn't the quote exactly right. That's why I didn't use quotation marks, and I didn't want to take the time to scan through the video right now.) - it made me rethink my approach. Once I began sharing it with my students, they began to be challenged - at what they thought would be simple.

GHFALT is not just another drum video, and it's definitely not a video you can just sit back and watch. The poster went up in the room with my drum set. The ebook is printed off to use. The mp3s go on the ipod.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Jane Russo on February 10, 2010
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2 years ago I started taking occasional lessons with the master himself, Tommy Igoe. I went in thinking I was ahead of the game, but quickly saw that I wasnt. How do you rate you hands he asked? I answered a feeble 6 out of 10. To my suprise he responds youre actually a 2 out of 10. Through the help of his constant coaching in my head and these extremely practical and challenging exercises I made my way to playing the drums in an extremely practical and efficient way. Now with the aid of this DVD, which comes with a PDF of a full length book, EVERYONE can experience what I have. I used to joke with my drum friends that an hour with groove essentials a day kept the doctor away. Then I added an hour when the sequel was released. Now this DVD puts me up to 3! and my progress is incomparable to my pre-Igoe days. Get this DVD and devote the time to it that it deserves. -Anthony R
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Elsie Oliveros on February 10, 2010
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It's practically impossible to number the infinite reasons why these DVD deserves 5 stars. There are a lot of other DVDs out there that sort of cover the same subject: hands, technique, you name it. And I have the deepest respect for those master drummers. That being said, Tommy's Great Hands... is the only one that will make me develop my hands to their full potential. Why? I can grab the TV remote control, sit behind my practice pad, and press play.
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 (including me). 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, and I know I am doing it right: tempo, speed, everything. I don't need a lot of will power to practice, just push play, and do it. Before I know it, an hour has gone by, and I've barely noticed.
This is not a summary of this DVD, there is a lot more, that I cannot cover in one review. I would also like to point out the wonderful interview with his dad. The quality of Mr Sonny Igoe, not only as an artist, but as a human being, is apparent.
I could go on and on, but I'm sure many other drummers will point out more stuff...
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