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Great Hands for a Lifetime!

Monday, February 14th, 2011

I’m back!Lifetime DVD front

After two years and loads of live music with some recordings thrown in, I’m finally ready to get back to this blog of groove.

Probably the most noteworthy event of late was my participation in the making of Tommy Igoe’s latest instructional DVD Great Hands for a Lifetime; an instructional DVD that teaches the basic rudiments of drumming and Tommy’s  Lifetime Warmup.

For the uninitiated, the Lifetime Warmup is one of Tommy Igoe’s teaching tools for his private lessons. It is a sequence of the basic rudiments of drumming all stuck together with rolls. It’s like playing scale chains on the piano. On the surface, it seems like an obvious exercise. However, the way in which the Lifetime Warmup has been constructed makes it not only a great warmup, but also a perfect device for  building endurance and advancing technical abilities.

Back in the summer of 2009, Tommy called me up and asked me if I’d like to help him with a new DVD he was recording. He didn’t tell me what the actual subject matter was but cryptically asked me if I remembered how to play the Lifetime Warmup. I’d gotten away from it in recent months but still remembered how to play it. I just wasn’t sure how well. Well, I needn’t have worried. The combination of time spent playing and the resulting buildup of technique was plenty to allow me to perform well on the DVD.

There were five of us that were either former or current students of Tommy’s participating each with a slightly different set of skills. When you watch the group sections of the DVD, you’ll see that each of us has a slightly different technical approach to playing. That is the point of having us in the video; to show how well the Warmup applies to each skill level of player.

For me, the best part is the fun we had playing in a group setting. Six drummers playing together isn’t something you normally see outside of a marching band. Since both Tommy and I have played in drum and bugle corps, it’s a natural setting. The other players quickly fell into the groove and we all locked in pretty tightly. It was fun. You can clearly see that we were all very relaxed and having a good time. Any drummer who picks this up can play along with us and have fun, too. Ideally, you could call over some other friends and play together.

So any of you drummers out there who want to up your game, pick this up and get to playing. You won’t be sorry.

The DVD is loaded with information (a trademark of Tommy’s) so there are plenty of things to work on.

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.

You can read more about it here.

Buy it here: Tommy Igoe’s Great Hands for a Lifetime

Love Lies & Skye

Thursday, September 4th, 2008

A few years ago I played some drum tracks for singer, song writer Skye Pixton. Those tracks are now part of an online EP release from Skye. Head on over to Skye’s MySpace page and give ’em a listen. Maybe buy them if you like them. She’s a great talent that I’ve love see come over to the East Coast for some exposure.

Skye is based in Portland Oregon and a big hit on the northern west coast music scene. You can read about her at SkyePixton.com.

The tunes I played on are: Don’t Be Runnin’, Baby Love, Only You Know, Weight of the World and Away From You. These songs are also available for download from Amazon.com.

And by the way, I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything but many new videos are in the works.


Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

This is just temporary while I rebuild my database. You’ll notice the old posts slowly come back online as I rebuild.

Please standby.

In the mean time, check out some music by composer Alan Sentman.

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The Future of the Music Business

Thursday, March 6th, 2008

Times are changing and the way people get their music is changing, too. It has already drastically changed from ten years ago. Seth Godin, blogger, bestselling author, entrepreneur and agent of change has posted his recent talk to a gathering of music industry professionals on the future of the music business. He clearly illustrates the ‘then’ and ‘now’ of how people consume music and how the music industry dispenses it. It’s a good read and worth your time if you are interested in playing/selling music to the masses. You’ll be inspired.

Here’s an excerpt:

So, what’s next? And where do we go from here? I want to start by saying this really clearly. Music is not in trouble. I believe more people are listening to more music now than any time in the history of the world. Probably five times more than twenty years ago…that much! But, the music business is in trouble. And the reason the music business is in trouble is because remember all those pieces of good news?…every single one of them is not true anymore. Every. One. Now, if you want to, you can curse the fact the Solomon’s couldn’t figure out how to keep the tower going. You can curse the fact that it’s really easy to copy a CD. You can curse the fact that we don’t care about the American top 40. You can curse the fact that there isn’t top 40 radio that matters. What good is that going to do? Or, we could think about the fact that you have more momentum and more assets and more talented people than any body else. [And], at the very same time that people are listening to more music than ever before. That’s really cool. And, so when we think about transitions what we know is that timid trapeze artists are dead trapeze artists. And, that the only way you get from here to there is to just do it. Now, you might be wrong but the alternative is you WILL be wrong.

Read the whole talk at Seth’s blog. Or you can download a PDF transcript of his talk.

Buddy Miles 1947~2008

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

I was sad to hear of Buddy’s passing yesterday. He was an early influence on my groove. I remember listening to Buddy on Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Ladyland album (a vinyl LP). I also remember seeing the Buddy Miles Experience on Don Kirsher’s Rock Concert TV program. Read about Buddy at Wikipedia or at DrummerWorld.

New groove videos in the works. Thanks for being patient.

Launch Day

Wednesday, April 18th, 2007

Welcome to Respect the Groove. The website that helps you get in the groove.

Every type of music has groove. And every type of music can fall victim to ego, poor time, bad interpretation, etc. When these factors become part of the mix, groove is compromised. No matter what kind of music you play or what instrument you play, groove is essential to making the music work. RespectTheGroove.com is where drummers and other musicians can go to get back to what makes music feel good to all involved.

Why “Respect the Groove“? Without a clear respect and understanding of the groove for any particular song, the music suffers. Therefore, you must … Respect the Groove.

I will be periodically posting examples and analysis of new, old, simple, complex, and sometimes unusual grooves. Feel free to comment, copy, re-edit, or discuss in the forum (coming soon) on the examples.

Thanks for stopping by,
Lee Jeffryes

P.S. On Saturday April 21 I”m teaching a clinic to high school students about rudiments in drumset playing and groove. The official launch of RTG is that clinic. I”ll be giving away the first RTG shirts and generally spreading the word that a groove reference site is available.

Original RTG Welcome Screen