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Interview – Mike Johnston

by Omar on October 15, 2010

in Drummers, Online Education, Podcast

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What would it be like to have a world-class drummer give you personalized instruction?  What if he gave you his contact information, because you just might need his help when you go buy that snare or that new cymbal?  Yeah right.

Well, yes – that is right!  That’s the type of instructor Mike Johnston of MikesLessons.com is.  Although, he would never want you to think he’s a world-class drummer.  But watching his playing, well, you may think otherwise.

I had the pleasure of interviewing him on Monday, October 11th (2010).  Mike is a humble, but very engaging character who is on a mission:  to teach anyone who wants to, how to play drums.  And when I say anyone, that means everyone – no matter where you live on Earth.  He has set up his web site of drumming instruction to be able to teach you to play, regardless of schedule or location.

Some of the subjects Mike had very interesting things to say about were:

  • Traditional vs. matched grip
  • Ideal bass drum technique (not what you’d expect!)
  • His early days as a touring musician
  • How MikesLessons.com came to be (very interesting story), and what the site offers to make you a better drummer
  • Etc.  🙂

With the talent that Mike possesses behind the kit, you’d think he’d be touring the world.  But, as you’ll see (or hear), there’s something else, something bigger, that drives him.  So sit back, and enjoy the story behind MikesLessons.com and Mike Johnston – and prepare to be inspired.

Mike Johnston on YouTube
Mike Johnston on Twitter
Mike’s Lessons on Facebook

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Francisca October 20, 2010 at 1:25 pm

Mike’s an amazing teacher and an awesome drummer. The manner of his teaching makes me want to do my best every time. If you’re serious about your drumming you owe it to yourself to check him out.


Mike @ MikeVeny.com October 18, 2010 at 8:29 am

I’ve used Mike’s lessons as well and found them really good. Good for you for getting an interview with him Omar!

Mike Veny
Professional Drummer


Andreas Soteriades October 15, 2010 at 5:50 pm

Hi paradiddler,

I am a student at mikeslessons.com. I am very excited about the lessons. I suggest everyone to enjoy our family.

Mike is a great teacher. He is my inspiration and my motivation to continue and become like at least 1/10 of him.

I hope someday to meet him personally



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