|"Mike is able to reach students
of every level. I feel as I am
having a private lesson."
- Ricardo Cortes-Monroy
|"I've always been able to play
by ear, but never read music.
Mike's video takes the fear
out of learning to read music."
- Johnathan Scroggins
|"Love how it is set up. Things
are explained in simple terms...
easy to see what's going on"
- John Banicky
Geoff Arnold - Oregon
"Mike Michalkow lays down a very well thought out learning program for you, from your first whack at the skins for the newcomer, on through to a seasoned player."
How about, instead of YOU telling people why the Drumming System is important, maybe someone who actually bought it and has been using it should say something:
To all of you wondering if this is "right" for you, wondering why you should consider buying the Drumming System, let me tell you why...
I am a professional musician and have been an off and on drummer since the age of 10. I'm 59 now. I bought the Drumming System when it first came out a few years back, and also later purchase the online component as well, so I would be able to access the material while out of town (away from my home kit).
The reason is basic to all: I want to get better.
Mike Michalkow lays down a very well thought out learning program for you, from your first whack at the skins for the newcomer, on through to a seasoned player. I'm neither on the kit, but I do play professionally as a drummer from time to time. It is this aspect that brought me to the place of needing to consider lessons. I had the choice of paying for local one-on-one or in using a program like the Drumming System.
Since I also teach music, when not touring, I am self-motivated to study. So I chose the Drumming System over other programs because it was the most well presented of them all. Yes, it is pricey. But I got in on a deal, just like the one being offered here. And, as I said, when offered the online version, I jumped on it due to not always being at home.
I am improving. I am learning. I am growing. I am better. And the depth of material Mike provides has already kept me occupied for the few years I've already owned it, and will continue to provide a whole host more because there is so much to learn. It really is a "complete" program for learning to play the kit.
Follow the program, do the work, return for more, jam with the included tracks and you will see improvement in a very short time. For newcomers, you will find yourself playing things sooner than you thought, and better than you imagined.
Isn't that what we all seek? to improve, grow and be better to day than yesterday?
Matt Denton - 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!!!!
Pedro Rios - Puerto 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.
Kevin Gouty - Indiana
"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!!!
Dana Meyer - Nebraska
"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.
John Pines - Michigan
"...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.
John Gill - 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.
Beau Vastine - Kentucky
"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!
John Bethune - Toronto
"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.
TJ Stanford - Louisiana
"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.
Dave Strang - Illinois
"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.
Omar Alvarado - Georgia
"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!
Jim Basner - Michigan
"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.
Tony Pieragostine - Ohio
"...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.
Todd Johnston - California
"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.
Rob Fast - 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.
Sally Robison - Ohio
"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.
Johnathan Scroggins - Missouri
"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.
Glenn Somers - 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.
Daniel Murdoch - England
"...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!
Ricardo Cortes-Monroy - Switzerland
"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.