Hudson Music Mike Portnoy: Liquid Drum Theater (DVD Set)
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This hot new DVD documents Mike Portnoy's innovative drum stylings in the highly acclaimed fusion/progressive metal music of Dream Theater and Liquid Tension Experiment. Disc 1 features music from both CDs by Liquid Tension Experiment and includes footage shot at Millbrook Studios where both were recorded. Mike performs 8 songs/segments and breaks down parts from each, explaining how to develop a "toolbox" of fills and patterns to draw from. Drum lessons are featured throughout along with exclusive footage of the making of the first LTE album, as well as rare live footage of the band. Disc 2 focuses on the music of Dream Theater and features footage shot at Beartracks Studios. Mike performs 11 songs/segments from the Falling into Infinity and Scenes from a Memory CDs and isolates the drum parts from each song. He discusses playing in odd time signatures, developing double bass technique, soloing, and much more. Includes exclusive live footage of Dream Theater from their 1998 World Tour. Special DVD features include 2 bonus live performances - 1 by Dream Theater and 1 by Liquid Tension Experiment! Over 20 minutes of new footage! Also features extensive commentary by Mike, a camera switching option that allows the viewer to "direct" 4 studio performances by Mike, a photo gallery, and more! Approximately 190 minutes.
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Comments about Hudson Music Mike Portnoy: Liquid Drum Theater (DVD Set):
This DVD is fantastic. For the drummer, Dream Theater fan, or progressive musician, it provides an insight into Mike Portnoys unique style. The DVD format is split into songs form Liquid Tension Experiment, and songs from Dream Theater. From there each disc shows songs being played in full (or almost full), then it is broken down by mike, perfect for learning their songs. There are also live performances, technique discussion, and multiple angles.These are all the reasons I love this DVDOn the downside, it won't provide a complete guide to drumming. If you're a beginner looking for inspiration and fascination, this is great, but if you're looking to find how to hold sticks correctly, try having a look at Thomas Langs stick control.