Wanna Drum at Church?

Have you watched the drummers at your local church and thought about asking to see if they need more help, but just aren’t sure if you’re ready for all that’s involved?

In 2015, I approached my church worship team and have been serving behind the kit to this day. Coming from an original rock/funk/punk band background, the culture and technology shock was for real. I was quickly overwhelmed my first couple of years. But it doesn’t have to be that way for you.

Check out this video on how to avoid common pitfalls and quickly become a valuable worship team member that brings your unique musical experiences into the constantly evolving world of worship music. Afterward, check out the additional info and links below.

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Remote Drum Tracking

Remote drum tracking for your individual song, demo or album is completed at GTown Studio in Acworth, GA. The dedicated drum recording studio is setup to get a wide range of sounds to support the desired unique mix for your project.

I look forward to helping bring your song vision to life giving you tasteful professional drum tracks to fill out your recording.

GTown Studio

Most projects receive 8 individual acoustic drums and/or percussion tracks along with the master track. I am also able to provide a video recording o the final tracking session. See our GTown Studio page at this link for a full list of available drums, instruments and recording equipment that we use.

Final tracks and video are sent to you via Dropbox.

Pricing is currently $75 per song.

Listen to a recent recording with the drums tracked by Mike’s Drum Tracking at GTown Studio at this link. See examples of the videos at this link, as well as an example of how a tracking video was recently used below.

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Drum Lessons Info

Drum lessons are available starting in half-hour blocks for snare and drum set techniques and skills as well as tips/help for playing with bands, playing to a click track and drum set audio/video recording setups.

The majority of lessons are conducted in-person at GTown Studio in Acworth, GA. A mix of in-person and virtual lessons are available. Lessons start at $20 for 30-minutes.

Initial books used for snare or drum set lessons include:

Contact Mike about the type of drum lessons you would like to start as well as scheduling via email at info@mikesdrumtracking.com or phone/text at 678-231-2752.

Rogers Drum Kit History

In the middle of my first year of junior high school, I decided to switch from trumpet to drums. Using the money from a neighborhood paper route, I was able to purchase my first kit with the help of my parents: a Rogers R-360 kit.

This kit was a workhorse for the next 15 years. From junior high and high school jazz bands to an original punk band to jazz combo gigs to playing at church to recording sessions and finally serving me for several years of original funk and rock bands in Seattle.

These drums survived a house fire in the 90s in Seattle with only the maroon wraps melted off and tarnished hardware. After stripping off the wraps, my Mom hand painted the shells, and these were back in business!

In 2000, a 15-year rest period began for this kit as I decided to pursue skydiving full time.

In 2015, I dug these out of the closet to start practicing for an audition to play for my local church. Within a few weeks of practice, the lug hardware started to fail and crumble. I replaced my original pride & joy with a custom DW kit, but started working at the same time on restoring the Rogers drums.

After installing new lug hardware, cleaning up the bearing edges and replacing some heads, my first Rogers kit was singing again…and is now part of the Mike’s Drum Tracking recording gear. Check her out:

The Pursuit of Drumming…

Seemed to me that drumming was the best way to get close to God.

~Lionel Hampton

I switched from the trumpet section to drums half-way through my first year of junior high school. The trumpet was something handed down to me from an uncle, and was the only instrument I had to play for elementary school band.

In junior high school, I joined the jazz band immediately, and really fell in love with the music, so much so, that I already knew that making music was how I wanted to spend the rest of my life. Yet, it seemed like such a long shot to make it playing trumpet (high school friend Jim Sisko proved me wrong by making a lifelong career on trumpet).

It didn’t hurt that the drums sounded so much more fun and the drummers seemed so cool and chill. Plus the girl-attention was off the charts. That junior high school brain made up its mind and convinced my parents to let me take up the drums.

For the next 15 years, I pursued learning drums as if my life depended on it. Everything I valued in life truly came through drumming. I had tunnel vision, but that passion was something that helped me thrive during those awkward junior high and high school years.

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NGD: Ludwig Acrolite Snare

My goto snare for more than 20 years has been a 14″ Tama Piccolo, but one of the lugs finally gave way last week. Turns out the hardware for my version of the Tama Piccolo was long gone. So it was off to search for a new snare.

Instead of such a specialized snare like I already had, I wanted to find something that could be used in a variety of situations, recording and tunings. Nearly every search I did online came back to the same snare drum as “a must” for any recording drummer’s collection: the Ludwig Acrolite.

So I picked up a 5×14 Ludwig Acrolite, and it didn’t take much tuning to get a great sound out of it! The old school internal muffler is the bomb! On this recording I left it off as I was loving that full ring.

This snare was recorded with a Shure SM57 mic through the Arturia AudiFuse 8Pre into Ableton. Enjoy!