The human body has a remarkable ability to “memorize movement”. The science of this is often described as “muscle memory”. On a seemingly unrelated topic, Mike has spent decades studying and mastering the martial arts and is a high ranking member (3rd degree black belt) in the Zen-Be Butoku-Kai; an international martial arts organization. What do these seemingly unrelated topics have to do with drumming?
In martial arts, muscle memory plays a key role in properly learning and applying various martial arts techniques and movements with precision and consistency. Mike has been able to make many simple, but exciting and important correlations between martial arts and drumming. For example, the human body will memorize poorly developed techniques as easily as it will memorize properly developed techniques. Muscle memory plays no favorites and does not know the difference between a proper technique and an improper technique! In order to be the best drummer you can be, and to reach your full potential, it is important that you learn, and practice, proper techniques.
Mike has prepared 6 lessons which will aid the student in developing proper techniques in a few areas. The Mechanics of Drumming (volume 1) includes the following video lessons: “introduction to the mechanics of drumming”, “throne seating positions & posture”, “how to hold the drum sticks matched grip”, “how to hold the drum sticks traditional grip”, “heel up bass drum technique”, “traditional heel toe left foot hi-hat technique”.
The Mechanics of Drumming (volume 1) is a valuable study for drummers of all levels, but especially for beginners which is the stage where bad habits are typically formed.