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Hudson Music Mike Portnoy: Liquid Drum Theater (DVD Set)  

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Learn to play drums from this accomplished drummer!

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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4.0

Not incredible, but very valuable

By The man that knows gear

from Hockessin, DE

Comments about Hudson Music Mike Portnoy: Liquid Drum Theater (DVD Set):

It has been awhile since I have watched it all the way through, but have found myself still referencing material from the DVD. Good aspects: excellent instruction on odd time signatures - very important for drummers to know, slows down his fills so you can actually see what he is doing (watching him live, sometimes it's hard to tell a lot of what he is doing, b/c it is so fast) On this DVD, he really opens a new door to fills and hand/foot patterns, which I use regularly. He slows them down and brings them back up to speed-nicely breaking down the music. Great for drummers who want to also be musicians.Bad: there was a long boring jam session with Tony Levin playing a goofy bass...should've been clips, not the whole thing. Definitely must be very experienced to begin with to take anything away from this. But, in all you can learn something from anything and minus the babbling and lame expressions, it is a very informative DVD. I honestly would have a hard time with odd time today, even after 14 years of playing and Mike cleared it up nicely and made it easy to understand and play, solidly. He is one of my greatest influences as a drummer.

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5.0

Amazing

By Payton14

from Angola, IN.

Comments about Hudson Music Mike Portnoy: Liquid Drum Theater (DVD Set):

This is by far one of the greatest DVD's i have ever owned. It is very insructive and teaches you some of Dream theater's and Liquid Tension Experiment's music. I recommend this to ANY type of drummer.

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5.0

Mike Portnoy is God

By Ronny The Goose

from Portland, OR

Comments about Hudson Music Mike Portnoy: Liquid Drum Theater (DVD Set):

His toolbox of fills is really helpful and cool. He is very good at playing in different time signatures and explaining them. His is so innovative and also a very cool guy, I would very much like to meet him. It is very interesting to hear about his setup. Some of the things he says are very silly, like when he mentions "cymbal land". He is a very good drummer and a cool guy. This DVD is very fun and helpful to watch.

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5.0

helpful

By Kned

from Cairns Australia

Comments about Hudson Music Mike Portnoy: Liquid Drum Theater (DVD Set):

This DVD was extremly helpful and informative, I really liked it when he illustrated the shrink and grow technique, It inspired me to change the composition of one of my songs. Great DVD.

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2.0

Not so great

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Hudson Music Mike Portnoy: Liquid Drum Theater (DVD Set):

Dissapointing piece. He shows a lot of stuff that he does through liquid Tension and Dream Theater, but teaches very little, and that little is somewhat insignificant. He spends most of the time talking about how great something he did is. The live footage is cool. Him teaching his own material. . is useless unless you can't figure anything out and therefore shouldn't be playing dream theater.

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5.0

Awesome

By robE

from California

Comments about Hudson Music Mike Portnoy: Liquid Drum Theater (DVD Set):

Mike is very innovative with his style, great use of odd time signatures and great flow in this dvd 10 stars from me.

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5.0

This video is very educational but lacks structure

By Charles Scourbys

from Pennsylvania

Comments about Hudson Music Mike Portnoy: Liquid Drum Theater (DVD Set):

Within the 190 minutes of running time, Mike instructs several elements of drums/percussion. He deeply expresses the role of drums within a song or solo. Overall, this video is educationally helpful but lacks a certain structure.

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