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- Tips for tuning snare drums, bass drums, and toms.
- Special adjustments for rock, jazz, and Latin gigs.
- Advice for drum set maintenance, muffling, and more.
- Tips and tricks for recording drums in a studio.
Drum Set Maintenance - This section includes information about polishing your drums, cleaning your cymbals (with advanced tips on how
to deal with different types), and keeping your single and double bass drum pedals in perfect working condition!
Changing Your Drumheads - Here you will learn how to change drumheads for each type of drum individually. Mike covers the snare drum, bass drum, and tom-toms each individually - with special drum-specific tips to be sure you get the best results from each drum!
Snare Drum Tuning - Mike explains exactly how to tune this important drum to be sure you get a perfect crack each and every time. He covers the top and bottom drum heads, the snare wires, and the snare throw-off. You'll learn how to adjust each of these components to get the best results!
Bass Drum Tuning - This section includes specialized information about bass drum tuning. Mike explains several advanced concepts to ensure you get great tone from this booming drum. He explains a variety of adjustments that will allow you to change the sound of this drum to suit your needs.
Tom-Tom Tuning - Mike wraps up the basic tuning section with specialized tips about tom-tom tuning to ensure you get great tone from all the toms in your set. It doesn't matter if you have two, three, four, or even 5+ toms in your drum set. This section will show you exactly how to make them sound great all together!
Tuning for Rock Music - This section includes important tips and tricks on how to tune your drums for various rock drumming situations.
Tuning for Latin Music - Here Mike explains the adjustments needed for playing along with a variety of Latin music styles.
Tuning for Jazz Music - Mike shows exactly how to get a kit ready for swinging along with some fun Jazz tunes.
Studio Drumming Tips - This lesson includes advanced tips for drummers that are interested in studio drumming. Mike walks you through essential information you will need to know long before you go into any recording gig!
Drum Tuning Troubleshooting - Important tips for dealing with unique tuning situations. Mike explains how to troubleshoot odd situations to come up with quick solutions!
Drum Muffling Techniques - Mike explains a wide variety of drum muffling options that you can use to tweak the sound of your drums. Always remember, muffling is never a solution to poor tuning, but is a way to enhance great tuning!
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Mike Michalkow has been performing, recording and teaching drums for over 20 years. His storied career has him brushing shoulders with some of the most recognized performers in the industry.
Mike hails from Vancouver, BC Canada and would be considered by most as a late bloomer who didn't start playing the drums until he was 17. Under the direction of Mitch Dorge (Crash Test Dummies), Mike quickly achieved more than many of his counterparts and soon began his performance career.
Focusing early on hard rock, punk, blues and pop music, Mike soon discovered a whole new world listening to some of the great drummers of our time such as Neil Peart, Steve Gadd, Bill Bruford, Stewart Copeland, Alex Acuna, Dave Weckl, and Terry Bozzio. As a result, Mike's technique improved greatly and he began to see the potential of his talents. Mike reached a watershed of sorts when he heard his first Jack DeJohnette album and began to take drumming more seriously than ever before. He applied for and was accepted into Grant MacEwan College in Edmonton, Alberta where he majored in Latin and Jazz and graduated at the top of his class.
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.
After graduating from Music College in 1994, Mike relocated to Vancouver Canada to jump start his music career. After a few years playing in various original and cover bands, he decided he needed a change and in 1997 was hired by a popular cruise lines as the Orchestra Drummer.
After his gig with the cruise line, Mike returned home, eager to hone his craft even more. He began taking lessons from John Fisher, Jim Chapin, Chuck Silverman, Peter Magadini, Virgil Donati and Dom Famularo and soon realized that music wasn't only to be his career, but a way of life.
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.
While at home in Canada he records and performs with Symphony in Demeanor, "R30 – RUSH Tribute", and The Brent Ellis Group, as well as various other freelance projects. Symphony in Demeanor's first album released in the fall of 2005 won "Best Album Award" for the IOMA Online music awards with over 15,000 votes on hand.
He has also performed at the "Vancouver International Drum Festival" in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 , 2005, 2006, 2007, & 2008 by invitation of Yamaha Drums and 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 endorses Yamaha Drums, Paiste cymbals, Pro-Mark drum sticks, Hansenfutz accessory pedals, & LP Percussion. He is also a clinician for Yamaha Drums on the full acoustic & electronic line.
In June of 2006, Mike's first Instructional DVD "The Moeller Method Secrets" was released worldwide by Railroad Media.
Mike's follow up to his first DVD were 2 huge training packs (DVD, Books and Play-along CD's) by Railroad Media entitled "The Jazz Drumming System" and "The Latin Drumming System" which feature "Jody Fisher"–master guitarist, "Baba Elefante" on Bass, and "Tilden Webb" on Piano. In 2009 Mike launched his biggest DVD project to date: "The Drumming System". And in 2013, after selling over 12,000 copies worldwide, the Drumming System was rebuilt from the ground up with new content, graphics, and video technology for the new and improved Drumming System 2.0.
Mike's goal as an outgoing performer and enthusiastic teacher is to excite and motivate people about drums and music. This has been proven time and time again in everything Mike is involved with.
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