We've just posted two new Mike Johnston videos and I'm pretty pumped about both of them.
As most of you know, Mike is best known for his work as one of the world's leading drum educators, through his cutting edge and uber-cool mikeslessons.com website. Have you just picked up the sticks for the first time and you want to know what to do next? No problem. Have you just watched Chris Coleman and you now need to be able to have the technical command and musical flow of a drumming ninja? No problem. Mike has you covered on both ends of the spectrum and everything in between. Not only does he have you covered as far as being able to teach you everything you need to know to be the most complete drummer you can be, but he'll teach you in such a way that it's almost impossible not to learn. Because Mike is simply that good of a teacher.
I know, because while Mike was in Nashville at Meinl USA hand selecting a set of cymbals, I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. So while I had already enjoyed my mikeslessons.com downloads and live lessons experience, and had DEFINITELY learned from those, I wanted to see what the Mike Johnston experience was like in person. So I got him to give me an impromptu lesson behind the kit. I was not disappointed. The man can teach. It is his gift.
Playing is also his gift. Mike had told me that one of his biggest personal drumming obstacles in recent years was simply playing. Soloing. Flowing. He told me when he picked his set of Meinl Cymbals out here in Nashville and began playing them, that the flow came to him. Everything that he felt had been bottled up was then let out.
This is why I am pretty pumped about these videos. Because they show a drummer who has been let loose to express his creativity, and according to Mike his creative expression hit a whole new peak when he started playing on his Meinl Cymbals.
A few years back, we used to have a marketing expression that said "Meinl Cymbals Inspire!" The gist of it was that when drummers played our cymbals, the sounds that we created, these drummers were then inspired to new heights in their creative experience.
Watching these videos, I'm not looking at a new Meinl Cymbal artist. I'm not looking at Mike Johnston, the world's leading on-line drum educator. I'm looking at a drummer who is one heck of a happy camper! I'm looking at a guy who has found cymbals that truly inspire him. You can hear it and see it. It's really fun to watch and the enthusiasm is contagious.
The first link is to a short solo that Mike played while at a photo shoot at The Factory in Franklin, TN, just a few miles down the road from Meinl USA. Click here to check that out.
The second clip is a solo that Mike recorded at his mikeslessons.com facility in Folsom, CA when he returned from his Nashville visit. Some of you will recognize this drumming. It's the same drumming that Mike interspersed within his clip that he released where he spoke some as well, giving all of his students and those who follow his activities an explanation as to why he made his switch to Meinl Cymbals. Click here to watch that one.
So even after we have moved on to new marketing expressions, it's nice to see that those we set aside still carry some weight. :-)