Back on Cinco de Mayo, we learned to play tambourine thanks to Latin Percussion (LP).  Today, we pick up a groove from Tommy Igoe courtesy of Vic Firth — another company with a strong and generous education program. Vic Firth (awarded Best-Dressed Male by MMT at NAMM 2010) is himself a leader in percussion education, and he has assembled a world-class Education Team.  Visit the Education Resource Center to see for yourself.

Tommy Igoe is an excellent drummer, a superb teacher, and an outstanding member of the Vic Firth Education Team.  In this clip from Groove Essentials 2.0, he breaks down a “backbeatless” groove that may be harder to figure out than it is to play.

Thankfully, he also provides a PDF chart of the beat and the tune, as well as an MP3 file without the drums.  Take a look.

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