Groove Essentials is based on the definitive collection of contemporary Rock, Jazz, R&B Funk, and World/Ethnic Drumming styles contained in the Groove Essentials poster developed by world class drummer, teacher, and author Tommy Igoe and Vic Firth Drum Sticks. On this DVD, Tommy demonstrates forty-seven of today's most popular drum patterns, including a performance of each with a rhythm track played by some of New York's top players. This unique feature lets the student hear what each groove sounds and feels like with real music played by live musicians. These beats have become like rudiments for the 21st century drumset player, comments Igoe. Learning the Groove Essentials patterns will not only open a drummer's mind to new styles and ideas, it will make him or her a more well-rounded player. Being able to play a wide variety of authentic musical styles with authority is the mark of a successful professional. Included among the forty-seven drum patterns on Groove Essentials are 8th-note, 16th note, and half-time Rock; Jazz waltz, shuffle and swing; R&B, Hip-Hop and Funk, as well as World music styles, including New Orleans second-line, Reggae, Bossa Nova, Samba, Mambo, Cha-Cha, Bolero, and Tango. As a special bonus, the DVD package includes a free Groove Essentials poster (courtesy of Vic Firth drum sticks), which contains fully-notated examples of every note of the forty-seven grooves on the DVD!