Review of Mike Michalkow’s Drumming System, Part 1

After days of viewing the Drumming System (affiliate link) videos, analyzing what Mike Michalkow was teaching, and trying most of the exercises, I had a lot to say about it. Overall, it’s extremely thorough drum course. The drum course is incredibly detailed. My biggest complaints were that it’s not widely available at local musical stores and it’s not meant for certain types of learners.

No course, class, school, or teacher can cover everything. Regardless, this really covers the fundamentals of playing the drums in great detail. Mike Michalkow is a phenomenal teacher and the way he goes about teaching keeps you engaged. He teaches in a way that creates a relaxed and fun learning atmosphere. If you’ve played drums for any length of time, you know the importance of playing the drums in a relaxed manner. Mike Michalkow naturally helps facilitate this.

Although I didn’t think that any one DVD or subject was better than another, the DVD on drum fills really stands out in my mind. It was really organized. One of things that really impressed me about the drum fills DVD was the fact that you get 150 fills and it covers every skill level.

When it comes to grooves, he goes into very in-depth explanations of how to execute each one. This is extremely important for any student. Being able to play the notes of a beat is one thing, but being able to execute the feel correctly is something else. The rock drumming DVD’s were really well done because they went into the specifics of each style of rock. Learning basic rock beats are great, but it I haven’t found a drumming course that covers folk, alternative, grunge, punk, etc.

For many people, this a perfect course. Although it seems to be advertised as a course for beginners, there is a ton of material for drummers at every skill level. For the price, you can’t beat it.

Learn more about Mike Michalkow’s Drumming System (affiliate link).

How to Become a Professional Drummer and Find Jobs, Part 1

First of all, let me say that I am a happy, working professional studio drummer and I love every aspect of my work. I have four core beliefs that have led me to have success as a professional drummer:

  1. Stay true to yourself and you will be happy.
  2. Music is an untapped gold mine. Drummer jobs are out there. Great money can be made, if you believe it can be. Like any business, there is no exact formula to follow. In fact, that’s the beauty of it.
  3. If you want to make money, then you have to see yourself as a business that provides a drumming service, not a drummer trying to find a work. If that makes you uncomfortable, angry, or is a turn off, then you probably won’t be successful at making money as a drummer.

I’ve learned to apply my core beliefs by working On my business, not just In my business.

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