Video: 5 hours of video lessons.
Audio: 12 play-along songs.
Books: 54 pages in a PDF book.
Online: Lifetime access to all content.
Skill: From beginner to advanced.
- Split screen video makes learning simple.
- Progressive step-by-step video drum lessons.
- Apply what you've learned with fun play-alongs.
The first Latin Drumming System training module includes a look at matched and traditional grip, information about drum tuning and drum head selection, an indepth look at dynamic drumming techniques, an overview of all the sounds that make up Mikes kit, a look at various bass drum techniques, a hi-hat technique overview, various style explanations, numerous Latin drum patterns, Latin drum fill and beat examples, a review of the quarter note-pulse and the eighth note subdivisions, an overview of the Son Clave, Rumba Clave, and 6/8 Afro Cuban Clave and more!
The second module in the Latin Drumming System features twelve samba 16th note beats, eleven baiao drum beats, twenty-one sixteenth note fills, nin cha-cha drum beats, an overview of sixteenth note triplets, sixteen bolero beats, a complete guide to developing a tumbao pattern, ninteen tumbao beats, six mambo drum grooves, five merengue beats, six songo two-bar beats, eleven demos of sixteenth note groupings, applying drum rudiments to Latin drumming, valuable tips for" Playing Along with a Percussionist", tips for "Developing Left Foot Clave", and much more!
You can go a long way with exercises and fills, but to really learn and feel the music there is no better way then to get in the drummers seat with the band and start to play. That's why the Latin Drumming System includes 12 fun Latin drumming play-along tracks, and a complete video guide to playing Latin drum solos.
We have also included audio MP3s with the drum tracks removed so you can join the band and play the songs yourself. They work with any portable MP3 player.
The Latin Drumming System also includes a downloadable PDF workbook featuring over 50 pages of detailed training material. This is designed to be a companion tool that you can reference while watching the step-by-step training videos.
Within the workbook you will find all the relevant sheet music, and several informative drum articles to assist in the learning process. You can download it and use it directly on your computer, or print off specific lessons to take to your drum set.
In addition to all 10 modules, 15 songs, and the workbook, you will
also get instant-access
to all of the same great content through our online members area.
You'll be able to stream
all the video lessons, download the play-along songs, view or print
the included sheet
music, and connect with other students in the Latin Drumming System
This powerful resource makes it easy to access your lessons anytime from virtually anywhere. It's works on PCs, Macs, iPads, iPhones, Android devices, and other mobile computers that have an active Internet connection. Best of all, you get unlimited lifetime access to the Latin Drumming System members area, so you can enjoy the lessons for years to come.
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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