Groove Essentials 1.0 Book

Tommy Igoe

The companion book to the best selling Groove Essentials video, this book contains charts and play-along mp3 files for every groove Tommy Igoe plays on the Groove Essentials Video!

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Groove Essentials/The Play-Along, from Tommy Igoe, represents a quantum leap over anything previously available in any play-along instructional package. With over six hours of music, including styles from all over the world; truly professional sketch charts; and groove variations for every song; Groove Essentials is designed to be your groove companion not for a month, or a year, but for as long as you play drums—forever.

The new 2020 Edition contains 5 Bonus Grooves and 10 new tracks.

Groove Essentials/The Play-Along offers a focused and interactive groove experience for all levels of drummers with rhythm tracks that feature some of New York City’s top musicians. You get a chance to not only learn all 52 grooves, but also to learn how to play them in a real band with real musicians. Additionally, you’ll find three “Global Tour” tracks that are 15-minute journeys through all the grooves you’ve learned.

This book works in conjunction with the Groove Essentials Instructional Video, a three-hour-and-forty-minute program that features in-depth instruction by Tommy on all forty-seven grooves, as well as a free Groove Essentials poster. The audio files can be streamed or downloaded and playable on any of your devices.

  • BEGINNING DRUMMERS will enjoy playing simple rock beats with a real band, giving them a chance to play the drums with good, solid time, utilizing 4-way coordination.
  • INTERMEDIATE DRUMMERS will have a chance to tackle some syncopated 16th-note grooves in the funk and R&B sections and also start playing good, swinging jazz.
  • ADVANCED AND PROFESSIONAL drummers will find twenty challenging world grooves to master, as well as the opportunity to try an infinite number of different feels on jazz shuffles, jazz waltzes, and R&B tunes.

If you are looking for the play-along charts and music to Groove Essentials videos, this is what you need!

The digital version of this book includes exclusive audio – each groove and variation in the book can be tapped/clicked to hear the groove being played!

Now Available in multiple languages:

  • Book or eBook: English
  • Book or eBook: Italian
  • Book or eBook: French
  • eBook: German

Also Available

The Groove Essentials 1.0 Poster by Tommy Igoe. This poster is an excellent wall companion for the Groove Essentials videos and books.

  • Resized, optimized and reconfigured from the original poster – bigger and better in every way!
  • Large 24″ x 36″ size for easy viewing.
  • Premium quality 175 gsm fine art paper.
  • Matte finish for no glare.
  • Shipped flat and rolled – no crease marks for easy display and reading.


Format: Our eBooks are viewable in our free reader apps, available for iOS, Macintosh or Windows computer devices, as well as our web browser-based book reader (no app required). We offer books in this format in order to provide enhanced audio and video integration, not available in standard pdf formats. Our eBooks are not delivered as pdf files.

Printing: Printing for books is not available for our eBooks, which are designed as digital-only products. While many of our eBooks have identical print edition versions available, many are available in eBook-only format.

Audio: For eBooks that feature audio, you simply tap a given stave of notation and audio playback will begin. We also provide stand-alone audio files for you to download, for increased flexibility.

Video: For eBooks that feature video, you will be able to view them directly within the eBook. We do not provide stand-alone video files for download at this time.

Internet Connection: To download your eBook and to access audio or video within our eBooks, your device will need to be connected to the internet. Media is streamed into the books in realtime, to help keep our downloads small and fast, and reduce the amount of storage space used on your device. Once you have downloaded your eBook to your device, an internet connection will not be required to view it – the connection is only required for audio and video access.

Refunds: We are not able to issue refunds for digital purchases. Please click here to contact us if you are having an issue with your purchase and we will work to resolve.

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Our entire catalog of DVDs is available through Instant Video, as well as many exclusive, Instant Video only titles. Both instructional and performance content is available.

Refunds: We are not able to issue refunds for digital purchases. Please click here to contact us if you are having an issue with your purchase and we will work to resolve.

More Questions? Click here to visit our Support Page to view more questions and answers, or to ask a question of your own.


Our play-along tracks are the perfect way to learn a new style, keep your chops sharp on something you already know, or just let loose and have some fun on the kit!

Each play-along features an audio track without drums, and detailed chart/transcription to guide you through the tune. When available, we also include a reference track with drums, so you can check out what another drummer played on the same track.

After purchase, you will receive a link to download your track and chart. Files are delivered in a .zip file that when expanded will include your audio track (usually as an mp3 file), and your chart as a pdf.


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  1. zachary khourey
    Verified Owner
    This system is brilliant. Tommy is an EXCELLENT communicator and that is very rare, making this book and audio ABSOLUTELY essential(pun intended). The audio files downloaded straight away and I dragged and dropped them onto my iTunes and boom! Works perfectly every time. I am using an Apple MacBook. I was a bit skeptical to be honest but the payment and download was perfect and complete. It includes the groove tracks ( music play along ) and the extra beats A and B recorded separately. THERE ARE SO MANY DRUM TEACHERS ON YOUTUBE THAT ABSOLUTELY SUCK AT TEACHING! Tommy Igoe is not one of those hacks. The man is as legitimate as they come. SUPER SUPER HAPPY.