Drumming System – How To Play Drums By Ear – OVD 01 – Mike Michalkow’s
The complete Drumming System includes absolutely everything in the photo above. You get 20 jam-packed instructional DVDs with over 30 hours of detailed video training, 15 play-along CDs with over one hundred unique play-along songs, 5 spiral-bound workbooks jam packed with lesson charts, and bonus content that is ONLY available during this ‘I’m Sorry’ special (details below).
All together, this comprehensive training package covers everything you need to progress from complete beginner to seasoned professional. Some of the key topics include: how to play drums by ear, how to practice efficiently, drum theory and notation, hand technique, drum rudiments, foot techniques, punk rock, heavy metal, speed metal, hard rock, grunge rock, progressive rock, folk rock, classic rock, country, odd-time, blues, funk, reggae, shuffles, jazz, Latin, drum fills, dynamic drumming, how to build speed, drum setup, tuning, gear tips, playing live gigs, studio drumming, drum soloing, and jamming with drum play-along songs!
How To Play Drums By Ear – DVD 01
Do you want to learn how to play the drums entirely by ear? This DVD covers all the essentials to get you playing for the very first time. Absolutely no sheet music reading ability is required. Everything is taught by ear.
All topics include: getting started, drum kit setup, drum set posture, drumstick grip, basic pedal technique, basic drum beats, drum beat variations, first drum fills, using a metronome, and playing with a song.
How To Practice Efficiently – DVD 02
Practicing is an essential part of learning to play the drums. However, learning to practice efficiently is what can make the biggest difference in your overall progress. This DVD focuses on providing you with the information you need to create a balanced practice routine.
It works hand-in-hand with the Practice Routine Generator (included in Workbook 5), and covers topics like: why we practice, practicing tips and tricks, structuring practices, the casual schedule, the motivated schedule, the dedicated schedule, and motivation for practice.
Drum Theory & Notation – DVD 03
Many drummers are intimidated by the concept of learning to read and write drum notation. This is due to the fact that drum theory is often seen as being very complicated and challenging.
In this DVD, Mike makes learning theory and notation easy by breaking things down into simple steps. You’ll learn how to read and write basic drum beats, and then move on to more complicated patterns. It’s all designed in a progressive way to make things fun. You are sure to have “ahh, I get it” moments where you begin to understand music on a whole new level!
Hand Technique – DVD 04
Do you want to learn exactly how to hold the drumsticks for maximum speed, power, control, and endurance? In this DVD, Mike will show you exactly how to get the most out of every single stroke you play.
This is probably one of the most under-rated aspects of playing the drums, because it affects so much that you are able to play. Proper hand technique can completely change the way you play. You’ll learn all the variations on matched grip, traditional grip, and finger control technique to ensure your hands don’t hold back your drumming potential!
Drum Rudiments – DVD 05
The drum rudiments are the building blocks to everything we play on the drums. Think of them as the letters that make up all the words (beats and fills) that we can play on the drums. Literally every pattern that has ever been played on the drums is made up of these core patterns.
This DVD teaches you all forty drum rudiments from these five categories: single strokes, drum rolls, paradiddles, flam-based, and drag-based.
After you learn the 40 patterns, Mike demonstrates how to incorporate the six most popular rudiment patterns within your everyday drumming.
Foot Techniques – DVD 06
Up and coming drummers tend to spend too much time on the hands, and can sometimes ignore the feet. Well, this DVD covers all the various foot techniques to make sure you get the most from all four limbs.
The foot technique topics include: bass drum techniques, bass drum independence, hi-hat foot techniques, hi-hat independence, double bass drumming, and double bass drumming exercises. All the lesson content applies to drummers of both single and double-bass drum sets.
Heavy Rock Lessons – DVD 07
Are you interested in playing heavy rock music? This DVD includes beginner to advanced grooves from sub-genres including: punk rock, heavy metal, speed metal, hard rock, grunge rock, and progressive rock.
Every single pattern covered in this instructional DVD is also included in the provided workbooks, and genre-specific play-alongs are provided on the included audio CDs. It’s the ideal learning experience for beginner, intermediate, and advanced drummers alike.
Mixed Rock Lessons – DVD 08
Interested in some other styles of Rock music? The mixed rock lessons DVD includes sub-genres like: folk rock, classic rock, country, and odd-time. As with the heavy rock DVD, these lessons are all step-by-step for beginner to advanced students.
All of the grooves on this DVD are also included in the workbooks, and have companion play-along songs on the provided audio CDs. You can work through the lessons from start to finish, or jump around and pick individual drum beats that sound great to you.
Groove Rock Lessons – DVD 09
Want to learn to play the drums with more groove? This DVD covers some of the more groovy styles of rock including: blues, funk, reggae, and shuffle beats. Though these lessons are more ideal for intermediate and advanced drummers, they do start with patterns that are easy enough for beginners to learn and master.
As with all the beat training DVDs, the patterns covered here are also featured in the workbooks and have companion play-along songs on the CDs. Start by learning the beats, and then apply them to real music!
Jazz & Latin Lessons – DVD 10
Interested in playing more than just rock music? This training DVD is absolutely jam-packed with lessons on both Jazz and Latin drumming patterns that are sure to take your playing to the next level.
You’ll learn to play with more groove, independence, and control as you master these fun and unique beats. As always, the various patterns are included in the workbooks, and related play-along songs can be found on the provided audio CDs.
Drum Fills – DVD 11
Do you want to learn how to play amazing and creative drum fills like some of the drummers you look up to? This DVD will show teach you everything you need to know in order to play patterns for all styles of music!
Mike starts out by teaching you the basic concepts of creating drum fills, and then shows you specific examples of how he uses fills to transition between beats. The simple step-by-step lessons will boost your learning, and make it easy to incorporate the patterns into your everyday drumming.
Dynamic Drumming – DVD 12
When it comes to making simple drum beats sound amazing, it’s all about playing with dynamics and groove. This DVD is jam packed with valuable tips to help you improve the way you play virtually all the beats you know.
You’ll learn how to take seemingly ordinary beats and turn them into powerful grooves. Mike covers important topics like: dynamics, ghost notes, accented notes, cross-sticking, open-close hi-hats, and how to modify a beat! These lessons will change the “feel” of everything you play.
How To Build Speed – DVD 13
Are you interested in achieving maximum speed around the drum set? Do you want to improve the speed, power, and control of both your hands and your feet? This DVD is packed with tips specifically for all the speed drummers out there!
Mike takes a closer look at hand technique, and shares some insider tips on how to build incredible speed with simple exercises that are proven to work. You’ll start on the practice pad, and then take those concepts and implement them around the entire drum set while incorporating the feet!
Drum Setup, Tuning & Gear Tips – DVD 14
Do you ever have questions about how to setup or tune your drums? This DVD has everything you need to get your kit setup and sounding great!
It covers how to setup 5-piece and 4-piece sets, and tips on expanding your drum set with various add-ons. You’ll also get specific tips on how to make your snare drum, bass drum, and toms sounding their best.
Finally, Mike shares some personal gear tips he has discovered over the years. These suggestions are especially useful for beginner students.
Live Gig & Studio Drumming – DVD 15
Do you ever want to be a working drummer? This DVD is packed with valuable tips for both live and studio playing situations. Mike shares everything he has learned over his 20+ years of drumming!
Topics include: how to get gigs, reading drum charts, working with a band, sound-checking tips, and studio drumming tips. These lessons are a must for drummers that want to make the move from student to professional.
Drum Soloing – DVD 16
Have you ever wanted to play an amazing drum solo? Maybe you have watched some of your favorite drummers play, and wondered how they were able to be so creative. Well, this DVD will show you all the different aspects of creating and playing a unique drum solo.
The main DVD sections include: how to build a drum solo, soloing with shots, soloing with breaks, soloing over a vamp, and will wrap with Mike showcasing some of his drum solos for inspiration.
Drum Play-Along 1 – DVD 17
Half the fun of learning the drums is being able to play with a band, so the Drumming System includes a huge selection of play-alongs. There are songs that work well for every style of music covered in the lesson DVDs.
This DVD includes songs that were performed with a live band in the studio, and some tracks that feature Mike playing along with a chapman stick. You can start by watching the video, and then use the companion workbooks and CDs to play-along with the drum-lesson audio tracks.
Drum Play-Along 2 – DVD 18
Continuing on where the last DVD left off, this disc includes even more songs for you to play-along with. You’ll find more full-band tracks, and some that are pre-recorded in a studio.
These play-along DVDs features Mike performing every play-along song in both performance (full band) and educational (split screen on drums) view. You can then turn to the workbooks to follow along with the provided sheet music, and then pop in the provided audio CDs to play along yourself.
Drum Play-Along 3 – DVD 19
Once again, this DVD starts where the last one leaves off. It rounds out the collection of over 100 total play-along songs, and includes even more styles of music for you to enjoy.
As with all of the Drumming System play-alongs, these songs are covered in the provided workbooks and audio CDs. You have absolutely everything you need to watch, learn, and master each individual song to boost your drumming to the next level!
Bonus Lessons – DVD 20
This final DVD includes some fun bonus-lessons that Mike filmed on the last day in the studio. These lessons didn’t fall into any specific category, so they are all included on this disc.
Lesson topics include: showmanship tricks, unique ways to use the paradiddle rudiment, a unique cross-over drum fill, a fun double double fill, and a creative paradiddle-diddle fill. Check these lessons out if you want to learn something a little different!
Play-Along Songs Without Drums – CDs 01-07
These audio CDs include over 100 unique play-along songs with the drum tracks removed. You can use them directly within any CD player, or rip them to your portable music player for personal use.
You can find a complete CD track listing in the back of workbook four, including song names and BPM tempos. Also, both the training DVDs and workbooks include specific references to CD and track numbers, so you’ll always know exactly where to go for a specific song.
Play-Along Songs With Metronome – CDs 01-07
This second set of audio CDs are exactly the same as the first, except they have metronome clicks over all of the provided songs. This way, if you have any trouble playing over the normal versions, you can pop in these secondary discs to get a better feel for the speed at which you are to play.
The CD track listing in the back of workbook four works equally well for this set, as they are numbered and arranged exactly the same. Same goes for the training DVDs and various workbook lessons. You’ll always know exactly where to find the relevant audio tracks!
Metronome Tracks – CD 08
This special bonus CD includes simple metronome tracks that you can use as an alternative to buying a metronome. The various tempos include: 50 BPM all the way up to 200 BPM in exactly 5 BPM increments.
As with the play-along songs, you can find track listings in the back of workbook four. Just pop this CD in, and pick the relevant track to start playing at the specified tempo. You can also rip the tracks to your portable MP3 player for personal use.
This spiral-bound workbook features sheet music for lessons on the first few training DVDs. Topics include: example beats and fills, the basic quarter note, eighth note sub-divisions, 16th note sub-divisions, 32nd note sub-divisions, eighth note triplets, 16th note triplets, quarter note triplets, dotted notation, counting rests, time signatures, drum set notation key, sight reading exercises, basic dynamic markings, finger control technique, the 40 drum rudiments, doubles, single paradiddle, flams, drags, bass drum independence, hi-hat independence, and double bass drumming.
All of the lessons include references that point to related lessons on the provided DVDs, so you know exactly where to find detailed explanations of every topic covered.
This workbook starts where the previous one left off. It features sheet music for some the various musical styles, including: punk rock, heavy metal, speed metal, hard rock, grunge rock, progressive rock, folk rock, classic rock, country, 3/4 beats and fills, 5/4 beats and fills, 6/4 beats and fills, 7/4 beats and fills, 5/8 beats and fills, 6/8 beats and fills, 7/8 beats and fills, 9/8 beats and fills, blues, funk, reggae, half time shuffle, jump shuffle, texas shuffle, Purdie shuffle, kansas city shuffle, jazz drumming, and Latin drumming.
Virtually all of these styles include beginner, intermediate, and advanced lessons to make learning easy through progressive steps. You’ll never run into beats that are far more complicated than those leading up to it, so you can always skip back if you have trouble.
This workbook continues with lessons from the training DVDs. The topics include: drum fills, jazz drum fills, hand-to-feet combinations, dynamic drumming, ghost notes, accented notes, cross-sticking, open-close hi-hat, and speed building exercises.
Most of the pages are dedicated to the many variations in the drum fill sections. You’ll find many examples of beginner-to-advanced fills that are then demonstrated on the included DVDs.
As with all of the workbook content, it is best to start by watching the video lesson. Then, use the workbook to take the patterns to your drum set. This way you can see and hear the pattern before attempting to play it on your own.
This workbook includes all of the sheet music for the provided play-along songs. Every lesson includes references to both the related training DVD and the specific audio-track details. This way, you will immediately know where to find all relevant material for the song.
Better still, it includes the BPM (beats per minute) speed that the song is played at. This way, you can start by practicing the various beats and fills with a metronome before attempting the song.
When it comes time to play the song along to the CD, you have the option to get a CD with or without a metronome click included. This way you can start with the metronome sound over the song, and then eventually jam directly with the drum-less track.
This workbook includes an enhanced version of Mike Michalkow’s famous Practice Routine Generator. The biggest addition is a list of direct DVD references for various sub-categories within the routine generator. This way, you can immediately find relevant lessons!
Also included is additional practice routine paper and blank notation paper (for you to write your own custom beats, fills, and patterns).
Best of all, you can find back-up copies of all five workbooks in PDF format on DVD 01, just in case you ever lose the hard-copies. This also helps in case you need to print off additional practice routine paper, or blank notation paper!
Who Is Mike Michalkow And What Are His Qualifications?
Mike Michalkow has been performing, recording, and teaching drums for over 20 years. He has taken private lessons with Jim Chapin, Dom Famularo, John Fisher, Chuck Silverman, Peter Magadini, Mitch Dorge, and Virgil Donati.
During the summer of 1993, Mike spent his time in New York City where he took private lessons on the drumset and conga at the “Drummers Collective”. During the evenings he hung out at local jazz clubs where he could learn and see many of his favorite artists perform, such as: Marvin “Smitty” Smith, Max Roach , Tony Williams and many other greats.
Mike’s passion for drums and percussion has earned him a name in the business and his summers consist of heading the drum department for the West Coast in the USA for the “National Guitar Workshop” which he has been doing since the year 2000.
As well as keeping a busy teaching and performance schedule, Mike spends many of his days and nights in the recording studio with song writers and bands with styles ranging from Progressive Rock, Latin, Jazz, Blues, Pop, Folk, Celtic, Country, Metal, and R&B.
He has also performed at the “Vancouver International Drum Festival” in October 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 , 2005, 2006, 2007, & 2008 by invitation of Yamaha Drums and has shared the stage with drummers such as Dom Famularo, Chad Smith, John “JR” Robinson, Virgil Donati, Cindy Blackman, Kirk Covington, Robby Ameen, Matt Frenette and Mitch Dorge.
He currently plays and, is endorsed by, Yamaha Drums, Sabian cymbals, Vic Firth drum sticks, Hansenfutz accessory pedals, & LP Percussion. He is also a clinician for Yamaha Drums on the full acoustic & electronic line.
Here is what top industry pros are saying about Mike Michalkow…
“…he is one of the most energetic and positive educators I have worked with to date…Mikes approach is dynamic and easily understood by beginners and pros…”
Mike Michalkow has worked as a clinician with Yamaha for the past 5 years. I am pleased to say he is one of the most energetic and positive educators I have worked with to date. When called upon Mike steps up and performs his clinics as though it was his first. Mikes approach is dynamic and easily understood by beginners and pros. What never seizes to amaze me is each of Mike’s clinics are new and if this can be possible – better than the last.
For those of you who haven’t had the pleasure of seeing Mike perform in one of his many bands you are also missing something very special. He has a great understanding for all styles of music and continually looks for new ways to improve on his art. It’s easy to see why he is so successful as a music instructor and why he is well respected in the professional community.
Mike is truly a student of His craft with a sincere desire to improve as an educator and a professional drummer.
We at Yamaha are very proud to have Mike on our team.
Yamaha Canada Music Ltd.
“…he has captured great values to pass on for our drumming community.”
I am so impressed with Mike as not only a player, but also as a teacher. I respect both talents immensely. As a player he wants to continue to learn and as a teacher he wants to continue to share. I have seen Mike in both situations and believe he has captured great values to pass on for our drumming community. Mike, keep the spirit going!
World Renowned Drumming Ambassador
and Advocate of the Moeller Method
“His teaching and performance techniques are innovative and inspiring…”
Mike Michalkow is a great musician who understands the needs of today’s drummers. His teaching and performance techniques are innovative and inspiring. He is a true professional.
John “JR” Robinson
The Most Recorded Drummer In the World! Performed
with: Michael Jackson, Barbra Streisand, Eric Clapton,
Frank Sinatra, Lionel Richie, Mariah Carey, and more!
“…hearing them perform, Mike definitely knows the How and What of teaching.”
I’m proud to have Mike as a friend. It’s been a pleasure being able to share our love for drumming and music together. As a drummer and percussionist, I’ve enjoyed Mike’s playing ever since we met. As a teacher, comments from his students, and hearing them perform, tell me that Mike definitely knows the How and What of teaching.
World Renowned Drum Instructor and
Modern Drummer Best Selling Author
“…A fine drummer – a well respected teacher.”
Mike Michalkow: A fine drummer – a well
World Renowned Drum
Educator and Author
“Mike has made the trek to where most drummers wish to be…”
Mike has made the trek to where most drummers wish to be, always riding the peak! He has pushed himself, with humility, to contribute a level of greatness to our drumming community. I beam when he says to me that I’ve contributed something to his learning.
Crash Test Dummies
Here Is What Students Are Saying About
Mike Michalkow And The Drumming System!
The Drumming System was first launched at the beginning of Summer 2009. In just a very short period of time after that, success stories have been flooding in from students all around the world. Here is what a few of them had to say about Mike Michalkow and the Drumming System!
– New Jersey
“My drumming is transformed. With all of the new patterns I am learning the band I am in are blown away… Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!!”
I have to say that Mike is an awesome teacher. His manner of teaching is straight forward, and to the point. You get that he really loves the instrument (I know – with 20 DVD’s in the package I’d be surprised if he didn’t love drums), and cares about sharing the knowledge.
My drumming is transformed. With all of the new patterns I am learning the band I am in are blown away. My time, my technique and my whole approach has changed. I feel more in command of the kit. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!!
– Peurto Rico
“…all it took was to play the Drumming System DVD #1, and boy did I improve in less than 1 hour. I only wish this system was available sooner.”
I’m a super basic beginner drummer, and all I can say is that this system got me playing my drums as quick as I was able to unwrap the DVDs. Michael is that good at teaching. Great System!!!
I’ve been teaching myself for 3 months now, and all it took was to play the Drumming System DVD #1, and boy did I improve in less than 1 hour. I only wish this system was available sooner.
“Mike made it so simple. Learning the fills has been great and after I get them down pat, I’m looking forward to demonstrating what I’ve learned.”
I appreciate being able to see what Mike is doing from several different angles. You are able to see the sticking and the footwork at the same time. Video quality is first rate and the menus on each dvd make it easy to navigate to the lesson you want.
Believe it or not, I enjoyed drum theory and notation. After taking years of piano and organ lessons, I never really understood what 4/4 or 6/8 meant and how it is relevent to what you play. Mike made it so simple. Alot of people will chuckle when they hear you are learning something from dvd’s but how could there be a better way to learn to play the drums? You can watch Mike demonstrate it as many times as you want from several different angles.
“…Mike keeps it real, you never feel like you are being talked down to. Most importantly, the teaching style makes it easy to learn…”
I appreciate the detail very much. The drum rudiments section is very well done. I like the blue line going across the measure as the bar is being played. That was an EXCELLENT idea that I haven’t seen anywhere else. I also like the fact that Mike keeps it real, you never feel like you are being talked down to.
– New York
“The Drumming System’s four camera angels and on screen notation clearly illustrate Mike’s lessons and make learning fun.”
Mikes is an excellent instructor, his explanations and demonstrations are easy to understand. The Drumming System’s four camera angels and on screen notation clearly illustrate Mikes lessons and make learning fun.
The Drumming System has helped me further develop my chops, independence and most of all my creativity on the set. Mike has taught me some great tips to pass on to my drum students. Most of all the Drumming System motivates me to practice, learn new groves and develop my skills. Thanks for a Great Drumming System.
“He is very patient, and explains each step of the beat in a slow pace so the beginner is able to grasp the full concept. …makes you come back for more!”
Mike does an excellent job teaching the beginner how to “feel” the drum beats. He is very patient, and explains each step of the beat in a slow pace so the beginner is able to grasp the full concept of drumming. His teaching style makes you come back for more!
Overall, Drumming System has improved my ability to keep time. Mike does and great job explaining the importance of timing in the lessons. I have noticed more precise hits while doing so in time, during beats and fills thanks to Mike’s patient teaching style. Thanks Mike!
“I am by far still in the beginner stage, but I can see how this system will help me to quickly excel to new heights.”
I love the fact that this system is complete from beginner to pro. I am by far still in the beginner stage, but I can see how this system will help me to quickly excel to new heights. I also really like the way it’s laid out making it easier to learn by being able to see different camera angles.
One of the biggest improvements that I personally have noticed is how much more comfortable I am when sitting at my kit. I picked up a lot of great tips from Mike about setting up my drums to fit my body, and NOT necessarily the way you see them in the music store.
“I think Mike’s approach to teaching is clear and understandable, with a certain humility that makes him easy to learn from.”
I think Mike’s approach to teaching is clear and understandable, with a certain humility that makes him easy to learn from.
Having my laptop right next to my drums pluged into an amplified system makes it fun to follow along with. As I have only been playing for a few months, the rudiments lessons have been of most benefit to me so far.
“Very comprehensive with extensive training for beginner, intermediate and advanced. …this well-designed system will improve all drummers.”
Very comprehensive with extensive training for beginner, intermediate and advanced. Mike is an excellent teacher, with great enthusiasm,and he tells it like it is. I am also a long-time advanced drummer and drum teacher.
With about 35 disks, I have only played some of the advanced lessons so far. I am learning much more about finger control drumming, Moeller stick control and getting many new solos and grooves to work on and to adapt to my large set and my style. Looking toward many other lessons.
The finger drumming exercises have already improved my speed; and I was very fast to start; having played the drums over 50 years so far. Working steady with this well-designed system will improve all drummers.
“He doesn’t assume what you know or don’t know; he lays it all out very simply, and lets the viewer determine how to proceed…”
I like the fact that he’s patient and detailed! He doesn’t assume what you know or don’t know; he lays it all out very simply, and lets the viewer determine how to proceed based on their current level of knowledge/expertise, not on what they’re ‘supposed’ to know.
I very much enjoyed the lessons regarding drum setup and tuning, hand exercises, foot techniques, and speed building. I was a proponent of using a tom mount on my bass drum, but Mike convinced me otherwise! I also loved that Mike stressed to have things to do outside drumming, and that that will make you a better, well-rounded drummer. I 100% agree!
“He explains it simply, and completely. In fact, I use the lessons with my instuctor and he liked how he (Mike) explained and demontrated the flam.”
He explains it simply, and completely. In fact, I use the lessons with my instuctor and he liked how he explained and demontrated the flam. He said “Mike is really good.”
The highlight was the cost, it was very reasonable for all that you get. I just got the system, but I really like the rudiment section. I hope to be just half as fast as Mike.
The Drumming System has helped to improve my practice routine with the Generator. I am getting faster with my left hand, and better with the rudiments everyday.
“…instead of going to my drumset with nothing really to do… I now have a boat load of beats, fills, and anything else you can imagine.”
I love the fact that it teaches so many different styles of drumming. I also love that there is a beginner, intermediate and advanced. Also the fact that I don’t even have to play to get better, I can pop in a dvd about tuning that just helps me gain more knowledge about drumming.
It has been huge for my improvement because instead of going to my drumset with nothing really to do but stuff I already knew, I now have a boat load of beats, fills, and anything else you can imagine.
“I wish I had done this years ago… I’m having the time of my life, no rockstar dreams, but just a sense of personal fullfillment…”
I have to say I am pleasantly suprised by how effective both Mike’s teaching approach is. I am confident that given the time and effort I will achieve my goals. Way to go!!
My best experience with the Drumming System was my first play along song on the DVD “Playing by Ear”. I was surprised and smiling ear to ear as I found the groove and was rewarded for the work done so far.
I decided at 47 to revisit a dream I had in my younger days to play drums; I bought some drums 3 months ago (Roland TD-4S) and decided to learn the right way. Now I am learning to read and play along with sheet music and enjoy the challenges that come with learning the “right way”. I wish I had done this years ago…. I’m having the time of my life, no rockstar dreams, but just a sense of personal fullfillment that someday I will be jamming for fun with friends and enjoying all that drumming has to offer life.
– United Kingdom
“It is almost like having your own drum tutor in the same room with you… I am delighted with all aspects of the system.”
I thought that the way the lessons were coordinated with notation and 4 way screen shots shows you how to perform the practice and what it sounds like. It is almost like having your own drum tutor in the same room with you.
As a drummer interested in all styles and improving my techniques I am delighted with all aspects of the system.
On one level it has re-ignited my desire to practice in a coordinated way and this has improved my accuracy and dexterity with sticking. It has also added dimension to my playing allowing me to consider different ways to play and not just be satisfied with the easiest route to rhythms and fills.
“I have already noticed improvement in my sticking techniques. I am experiencing better coordination in the independence of my four limbs.”
Mike’s teaching style, in supplying his instruction in very easily understandable steps, made following him very easy. I also appreciated his friendly, helpful, and sometimes light-hearted attitude – not condescending in any way.
I have already noticed improvement in my sticking techniques. The method to speed up single strokes by just a slight change in hand position added much welcomed improvement on my sixteenth notes. Also, I am experiencing better coordination in the independence of my four limbs. And, my drum fills are becoming more creative.
“I’ve always been able to play by ear, but reading music was so intimidating. Mike’s video’s take the ‘fear’ and intimidation out of learning to read music.”
I really enjoyed the measure that was present as each lesson is taught. I’ve always been able to play by ear, but reading music was so intimidating. Mike’s video’s take the ‘fear’ and intimidation out of learning to read music.
I’ve been playing by ear for about 15 years and never had a lesson. It was quite humbling to hear Mike talk about proper stick grip in the first lesson. I’ve used the technique and have experienced the benefits from it.
– New Brunswick
“…being a beginner, it has already helped me keep better time, and taught me how to properly go from the beat to the fills and back to the beat again.”
I love the split screen. You can see Mike from every angle, so you’re sure of how he is playing a beat, fill, play along etc. He has a very detailed teaching style, but also manages to make it fun as well.
Just getting into the course and being a beginner, it has already helped me keep better time, and taught me how to properly go from the beat to the fills and back to the beat again.
“…it makes it very easy to see what’s going on… because I had no teacher some important things were never told to me. I’m filling in the blanks!”
I definately have enjoyed the 4 window education view, it makes it very easy to see what’s going on, visual as well as auido stimulus.
I can’t say I’ve completed them all in fact only just begun. But I really like how he has gone through learning the note values. This wouldn’t have been a problem as I am a uni music student, but as american names for them are different to english ones, this was very useful.
My basics have really started to firm up. I’m self taught and am actually at a high intermediate level but because I had no teacher some important things were never told to me. Now I’m filling in the blanks!
“He (Mike) is able to reach students of every level. I feel as I am having a private lesson. The system is geared to take you to your maximum potential…”
I like Mike’s communication skills. He is able to reach students of every level. I feel as I am having a private lesson. The system is geared to take you to your maximum potential, even for a beginner like me.
My timing and overall hand technique has improved dramatically. And finally I am enjoying the Play Alongs. But the most important thing is the Practice Routine Generator as it gets you the discipline without killing the fun.
– North Carolina
“Love how it is set up. Things are explained in simple terms. And with all the camera angles it makes easy to see exactly what is going on.”
Love how it is set up. Things are explained in simple terms. And with all the camera angles it makes easy to see exactly what is going on.
Being a beginner at a late age I love the lesson context and how its explained and demonstrated. I just started using the system so I don’t have a favorite lesson yet. But I enjoy being able to learn at my pace without expensive lessons..
Being a beginner drummer the lessons have helped to enjoy learning. Some folks that hear me say I am a good drummer. I laugh saying I’m just starting to learn. I am sure by following the lessons my drumming will improve in all areas.
“My chops have expanded and I still have a lot more to watch and learn. Overall the best instructional drumming video set I have ever seen.”
I really like Mike’s attention to detail and how he explains the concepts very clearly. He then follows up with excellent demonstrations made even better by the multiple camera angles and the moving chart. Being able to watch segments over is a huge benefit. I can really work on a specific subject and make sure I have it down before moving on.
So far the highlight of the system for me is the numerous musical generes that Mike includes in the lessons. Learning Latin, Fusion, Jazz, and Swing beats has really helped improve my rock drumming. With a little improvisation I can alter those beats to fit into the rock style I typically play. My favorite lessons so far are the ones on improving my hand and foot speed and independance.
My overall drumming has improved a lot. With just a small time to watch and absorb the mountain of material in the lessons, I already see my motions becoming more fluid and focused. My chops have expanded and I still have a lot more to watch and learn. Overall the best instructional drumming video set I have ever seen.
– South Carolina
“I can play more naturally and freely, add new fiils and beats to the pieces, and can understand more songs that before were too hard for me.”
There is enough detail, you can’t get lost with the videos, they explain every little thing you need to learn clearly, good quality video and Mike has the word to teach, he really knows how to explain to beginners and advanced so that everybody can understand.
I can play more naturally and freely, add new fiils and beats to the pieces, and can understand more songs that before were too hard for me.
“I’ve got a much more comprehensive list of techniques and styles that I can use… my drumming is improving exponentially.”
So far I’m enjoying the quantity as well as the quality of the DVD’s. There is a broad range of techniques covered, and many styles addressed that interest me. As well as this, the follow-along lessons make life easier for me.
Mike steps through and talks about grip techniques, highlights excellent drummers in each of the areas, and moves you on at a pace you can choose to follow. So far, the Punk section is the part that has interested me the most.
I’ve noticed that I’ve got a much more comprehensive list of techniques and styles that I can use, especially while jamming with my friends. And I can explore each of these individually and expand and make improvements as I go along. I have more material then I have time for, and my drumming is improving exponentially.
“…my wife even interrupted one of my recent practice sessions to comment on how much she thought I had improved.”
So far I’ve delved into the first five DVDs: How To Play Drums By Ear, Hand Techniques, How To Practice Efficiently, Drum Rudiments, and Drum Theory & Notation. I love the overall DVD presentation style, and Mike’s down to earth speaking style. He lays out some background for the reason and method behind what he’s about to teach, and then references the workbooks and outside sources for further study.
So far, my favorite lesson thus far is the Drum Theory & Notation. I’ve been playing for a little while (picking it up after not playing for a long while), and the drum theory is a big part of being able to play effectively. I’m already a better drummer just for having practiced these lessons for the past week.
Not only have I noticed that I’m playing better, but my wife even interrupted one of my recent practice sessions to comment on how much she thought I had improved. My beats, sight reading, and drum fills have improved by leaps and bounds.
“Mike’s friendly and patient style makes every lesson seem personal to you… has inspired me to practise more for my own technique and fun.”
There are many highlights with the Drumming System! The whole package is great to work with and teach from. My favourite lesson is the hands and feet exercises for my pupils and for me, it has to be the double bass drum exercises.
I love the split screen shots where you can analyze every aspect of Mike’s playing and hone in on particular areas when you practise. Mike’s friendly and patient style makes every lesson seem personal to you.
The Drumming System has inspired me to practise more for my own technique and fun. My double bass drum has improved beyond comparison to how it was!! I love it and my pupils love it.
“I have jam session opportunities here every week to use what I am learning with live bands – there just can’t be more fun then this!”
Mike’s way of explaining, then demonstrating each part encourages the student (me) to not be afraid to get in there and try to follow his moves. I am not young anymore (72) and have always played by ear, so this is really stepping out for me. I may get a little exasperated trying to play what is written, but that is me, and no one is watching me make mistakes so I never feel embarrassed.
I have been playing drums for more than 40 years but never tried to read the music that I play. I now have an amazing amount of information that will help me in all phases of drumming. I am already improving much of what I have been playing for years, as now I am playing it correctly
Watching Mike on the DVDs, and then practising all those beats and fills, I have enough for me to keep learning the rest of my life and I doubt I will ever learn it all, but you can bet I will improve my playing week by week. I have jam session opportunities here every week to use what I am learning with live bands – there just can’t be more fun then this!
“Mike has a great, easy to listen to style of teaching. He keeps his dialogue brief and gets straight to the nuts and bolts of want he wants to show you.”
Mike has a great easy to listen to style of teaching. He keeps his dialogue brief and gets straight to the nuts and bolts of want he wants to show you. Great work mate!
I love the way he makes sure you enjoy and have fun with what you are learning by reminding you to keep an open mind and experiment with the basics. My favorite so far is the essential rudiments especially taking the paradiddle out around all the skins. I was already doing this in a fasion but Mike has definately lifted the bar for me now!
So far I’ve only got through a few of the DVD’s because I’ve gone straight to the ones that I needed to work on first. What I’ve done so far has been of a great help especially in bringing my left hand up to it’s full potential. Mike’s style is not boring and I am looking forward to gradually working through the whole package.
“I have been teaching myself with on line and DVD type lessons only. Mikes system has been by far the best I have seen.”
The workbooks along with the multi-view camera shots really work well together. Even though Mike explains things very completely and clearly, you can always go back and re-study things you are having problems with. Something you might not do with a teacher.
I am still working on the rudiments and basic beats, but will open up some of the more advanced lessons to keep it interesting. I started my drumming at 46 years of age after my daughters were raised and out of the house. I have been teaching myself with on line and DVD type lessons only. Mikes system has been by far the best I have seen.
“I’ve been playing forever, but it’s a new game! Without question I am a better player because of the Drumming System.”
Mike breaks every area down into the nuts and bolts, very comprehensive and coherent teaching style. I haven’t finished the whole system, but the highlight so far is a new insight into drumming and where I am going with it. I’ve been playing forever, but it’s a new game!
Without question I am a better player because of the Drumming System. I’m no longer an illiterate drummer, and with reading comes a much more in depth understanding of the micro details of what really good drummers are doing.
“The tips Mike showed about hand technique have really built up my speed to where I can hit those super fast solos in the Play Alongs.”
It is very easy to learn the material. I love how the DVD’s refer you to the specific pages in the workbooks as they go together.
The Drumming System has improved my fluidity around the kit. The tips Mike showed about hand technique have really built up my speed to where I can hit those super fast solos in the Play Alongs.
“I am 43 years old and play for a hobby. I hardly touched my kit. Now I play everyday again. Great system, I would recommend this to any drummer.”
I really appreciate the angle Mike takes from the very beginning from how to hold the sticks and setting up a kit. I really like all the differnt styles of playing. Great system, I would recommend this to any drummer.
I am 43 years old and play for a hobby. I hardly touched my kit. Now I play everyday again. I really got back into playing, I even brought out my old Rush cds. Everyday I improve on speed and control of my left hand. I can’t thank Mike enough for his approach to teaching drums. You can really see how much he loves this instrument and it is very infectious!
“The Drumming System is amazing. …it is laid out in such a simple, easy-to-understand way. It contains everything anyone would ever need for drumming.”
The Drumming System is amazing. I love the way it is laid out in such a simple, easy-to-understand way. It contains everything anyone would ever need for drumming. Mike is such a great teacher too, he is really calm and funny and is very clear.
So far, the highlight of the Drumming System has been the theory lessons. I never understood anything about drum theory before and now I even know what dotted notation is! I had never even heard of it before. I have enjoyed everything about the system so far and I’m only getting started.
I have greatly improved my groove and learned tons of new fills. I also learned new hand and foot techniques that I use every time I play. I learned lots of theory too which I knew nothing about before and I plan to start learning progressive rock beats and drum rudiments next.
“My hand speed has increased substantially. A big thank you to Mike. The Drumming System sure beats a half hour drum session at a clinic weekly.”
I am an intermediate drummer and I love Mikes teaching in laymans terms. Being able to repeat going over lessons until I feel my results are satisfactory is fantastic.
I’ve learnt new rudiments and am developing more independence to the bass and the hi-hat pedal. My hand speed has increased substantially. A big thank you to Mike. The Drumming System sure beats a half hour drum session at a clinic weekly.
– New Hampshire
“Mike is a very good teacher …he makes you want to keep learning more. …besides my drum set, it’s one of the best investments I’ve made.”
I’ve been playing drums for around 20 years…but never took lessons ..so this is all new to me ..but in just a weeks time I’ve learned alot. Mike is a very good teacher and is easy to understand, he makes you want to keep learning more .
I’m just getting started but so far my biggest improvement seems to be the counting. I’ve always played by ear, so this will help alot and add to what I already know. All and all besides my drum set, it’s one of the best investments I’ve made.
Recieve $209 in Real Dollar Value Bonuses For FREE
When You Order During This Special Discount Period!
Right now, we are giving away the following FREE bonuses with every pack that is shipped out. These are in addition to the bonus lessons already discussed above (the Bonus Lessons DVD, and bonus Metronome CD)!
BONUS #1: Start-Up & Resources Guide ($15 value)
This start-up guide is being included to quickly overview the entire Drumming System, so you will know exactly where to start. It has information for beginner, intermediate, and advanced drummers that may be curious as to where they should start based on their current ability level.
This also includes a recommended gear guide, listening guide, and a free drumming resources. This is shipped in printed format along with your copy of the Drumming System.
BONUS #2: One Handed Drum Roll DVD ($27 value)
Ever wondered how some drummers can go faster with one hand then with two? This free bonus DVD is valued at $27 and comes from Jared Falk. Jared will teach you how to play a drum roll with a single hand!
First Jared breaks it down on the practice pad, giving slow motion examples so you can see exactly what’s happening. Next, he takes it to the drum-set within unique drum beats and fills.
BONUS #3: Drum Gear Buyers Guide ($27 value)
Do you ever have questions about what drum gear to buy? This next bonus is Mike Michalkow’s popular Drum Gear Buyers Guide which sells on its own for $27.
My walks you through a drum department at a music store and shows you exactly what to look for when purchasing a drum-set, sticks, metrnome, cymbals, etc.
BONUS #4: Member Support Area ($40 value)
Need extra help? No problem! Join the 3000+ members already using the Drumming System in their drumming in the members support forum.
Upon completing your order you will be sent a link to a hidden page where you can gain instant access to this private forum and join the army of drummers already using this amazing training system to reach their drumming goals.
BONUS #5: Drumming Coaching ($50 value)
If you ever have any questions, or just need some added direction the Drumming System team will be happy to help. This in an unlimited service to all owners of Mike Michalkow’s Drumming System.
Once your order has been completed we will send you a link to a special page where you can submit your questions. Alternatively, you can call us and ask questions over the phone.
BONUS #6: One Personal Session ($50 value)
Wonder if you’re playing something right? No problem! Send us your video or audio clip of you playing the beat, fill, or technique that you’re working on. We will review your submission and get back to you with a personalized critique within 24 hours!
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“Mike teaching style is very patient and detailed. I am a veteran drummer of 30+ yrs and I am learning new techniques and things that I never knew”
Mike teaching style is very patient and detailed. I am a veteran drummer of 30+ yrs and I am learning new techniques and things that I never knew and I never took lessons. So this is a huge help to me. All the lessons have been great. I have learned more in a week from The Drumming System than I ever knew.
The biggest improvement I have noticed is the fact that now I’m not just playing, but I know what I’m playing. Not only do I read music but I know how to count and feel the structure of it also. The experience with this system has been great!!!