Mike Portnoy’s Performances, Drum Solos, & Musical Insights

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Study With Mike Portnoy Legendary drummer for Dream Theater and 30x Modern Drummer Readers Poll Award-Winner.
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In Constant Motion features over seven hours of instruction, live and studio performances, and insights into Mike Portnoy’s numerous projects. Packed with audio and video, special features, and printable transcriptions of selected performances, the depth and diversity of this package is recommended for drummers of all interests and skill levels.

Section 1 titled “In the Dream” focuses on music from three of Portnoy’s Dream Theater albums: Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence, Train of Thought, and Octavarium; featuring complete band performances of six songs from these albums as well as new studio performances of the drum tracks and Portnoy’s in-depth analysis of each song.

Section 2 titled “On the Side” covers a wide range of Portnoy’s side projects, including his work with TransAtlantic, John Arch, John Petrucci/G3, Fates Warning and Overkill. In addition to the nearly 6 hours of high quality, all-new content, excerpts of rare performances are also included – including a detailed look at each of Mike’s tribute bands, paying homage to The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, The Who and Rush!

Section 3 offers Bonus Material containing four additional Dream Theater tracks filmed on the band’s 20th Anniversary tour, three live drum solos featuring duets with Charlie Benante, Jason Bittner and Richard Christy, a tour of Portnoy’s infamous “Albino Monster” drum kit and bonus clips including unreleased live solos, studio footage and more.

All sheet music features Drumeo SmartBeat Sheet Music for playing or pausing the notation, speeding up or slowing down the exercises, and creating loops to improve your learning experience. You’ll also get online access to Drumeo features like progress tracking, video commenting, and community forums where you can connect with students and teachers from around the world.

Technical Specs

Publisher: Hudson Music, 2007
Video: 420 minutes
Online: Lifetime access to all content
Skill: Intermediate

About the Instructor

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Mike Portnoy is known for his incredible performances as the drummer for Dream Theater for 25 years -- along with his musical side projects including Transatlantic and Liquid Tension Experiment.

He has won 30 Modern Drummer Readers Poll awards including Best Rock Drummer, Best Progressive Rock Drummer, Best Recorded Performance, Best Clinician, Best Educational Video, and the Most Valuable Player -- as well as being the second youngest drummer to be inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame.

Topics Include

  • Playing with a band
  • Song breakdowns
  • Musical influences
  • Drum kit walkthrough
  • Drum solo performances