Welcome to Metal Mike's Metal Heroes Music Academy
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Backed by real world track record and experience, we provide world class instruction in metal music through themed camps, retreats, workshops, internet and private lessons as well as intensive 1 or 2 day courses.
We are fueled by passion for what we do and how we do it.
"I feel like I have learned more in the past 4 lessons than the last couple of years on my own" - Greg D., NJ
"I will happily take another 100+ lessons without any thought whatsoever" - Matt B., New Zealand
"I'm fortunate to be getting first hand information from the ultimate metal guitar wizard" - Rob D., NJ
SOLD OUT. Thanks To All Who Came. See You Again In 2017!
Metal Mike's Ultimate Metal Guitar Retreat Announced
2 days and 3 nights of non-stop 24/7 guitar!
November 4 - 6, 2016 | $459 per person.
Tuition includes 2 nights lodging, workshops, food.
Slide Mountain Forest House Resort, Big Indian, NY
E-mail TODAY! "RETREAT" To MetalMike@MetalMike.net | 2 Spots Are Left!
How Do We Rock This?
5:00 - 6:00pm – Arrive At Camp
6:00 - 7:00pm – Check In & Check Out The D’addario Workshop Room
7:00 - 8:00pm – BBQ
8:30 - 9:30pm – Guitar Workshop 1
(Orchestral Manuvers - Inventive Rhythm Orchestration Techniques)
10:00 – 11:00pm - Campfire (Brooklyn Brewery Pit)
After Campfire – Free Time, Jams, Lick Trading, Etc.
9:00 - 10:00am – Breakfast
10:30 – 11:30am – Guitar Workshop 2
(Gear - Inventive Use Of Wah, Floyd Rose Set-Up, Maintenance Tips)
12:00 - 1:15pm – Lunch
1:30 – 2:45pm – Guitar Workshop 3
(Improv Guitar Workshop / Combining Various Techniques For Great Memorable Leads)
3:00 – 4:00pm – Free Time, Hang, Jams, Etc.
4:00 – 5:30pm – Guitar Workshop 4
(Pick Your Poison - Intense Picking & Beyond)
5:30 – 6:30pm – Free Time
6:30 – 8:30pm – BBQ
8:30 – 9:30pm – Free Time, Hang, Jams, Etc.
10:00 – 11:15pm Campfire (Brooklyn Brewery Pit)
9am – 10am – Breakfast
10am – 10:30 – Camp Sponsor Giveaways + Certificates Of Completion
11am – Leave Retreat
Metal Mike's Fall Guitar Boot Camp Announced
October 22, 2016 | 1:15 - 2:30 PM | $59 per person.
Smacktone Studios, 86 Lackawanna Ave, Totowa, NJ
Focus: Small group of like minded guitarists take part in a workshop designed to provide guitar ideas, tips, example and motivation to keep them playing through the up-coming colder and longer evenings.
Ages: 11+ adults , all levels, grouped by age.
E-mail TODAY! "BOOT CAMP" To MetalMike@MetalMike.net
METAL HEROES SUMMER CAMP 2017 ANNOUNCED
August 14-18, 2017 | $1399 per person | $595 parent spectator package.
5 Days and 4 Nights of amazing memories, music, friends and heavy metal!
I am so excited to welcome you to our fourth Metal Heroes Summer Camp!
We are happy to return to the amazing Slide Mountain Forest House for the biggest and the best Metal Heroes camp, yet!
Metal Heroes Summer Camp is designed to teach, motivate and inspire young metal-heads ages 12-22. All rock band instruments are welcome focusing on Guitar, Bass, Drums and Vocals. I hope you will join me on this 100% full-on metal journey.
I have always wanted to share the lessons from my tour and music experiences with younger metal-heads and I’m really looking forward to open up the metal vault with you on so many levels and help you sharpen your skills to metal ninja perfection.
While helping you with individual tasks, we’ll also learn how to make amazing progress when rehearsing with a band to talking about any musical challenges that you might face. I can guarantee this will be incredibly fun and you will learn a lot, too.
You also will get some great inside info on how the music business works, how to work well with others, all the while you fully immerse yourself in the music of the metal gods. We’ll be jamming together, hanging out together and everyone will get a chance to ask their questions and get plenty of one-on-one playing tips.
Continuing the tradition of great, inspiring visiting music mentors and industry pros, we have some very special guests in tow this year. You will not want to miss this. And, of course, get ready to hear countless tour stories which more than likely involve your favorite rockers.
We’ll close out the camp with a superb metal concert in front of your family and friends that will feature classic as well as current metal anthems.
So, if spending nearly a week at a beautiful resort like location while immersing yourself in all things metal sounds good to you – then let’s rock! This is for you.
Metal For Life!
Real Words From Those Who Already Experienced Our Amazing Camp ...
"These Metal-Heads could not have asked for a more inspirational mentor - the camp was a great experience for our kids, and we could not have put them in better hands than yours, Metal Mike! Thank you so much for a great by job in leading our next Metal generation, providing them with by your insight and experience in the heavy metal music industry and inspiring them to rock!"
... Rob S., NY
Thank you so much for putting this camp together. Mike had a great time with his fellow metal heads and loved learning how to do some of your riffs. Your passion for the genre shows not just in your playing, which is incredible, but also in the way you pass it along."
... Karen P., PA
WHO VISITED OUR 2016 SUMMER CAMP? SEE BELOW.
(PS. WATCH THIS SPACE FOR WHO'S COMING NEXT YEAR!)
C.J. - THE METAL MOTIVATOR.
METAL BASSIST MIKE LEPOND of SYMPHONY X.
DRUMMER HILLARY BLAZE of JUDAS PRIESTESS.
+ Travis Beck of SavageWood Guitars & Godlyke Distributing Co.
2017 SPRING METAL HEROES WORKSHOP ANNOUNCED
April/May 2017 | Price: $429 per person.
Under the guidance of Metal Mike, young Metalheads learn, rehearse and perform metal's biggest hits.
4 weekly rehearsals lead to a performance at a real rock venue.
E-mail TODAY! "SPRING WORKSHOP" to MetalMike@MetalMike.net
Check out the flyer from our last Spring Workshop below ...
METAL MIKE's INTENSIVE GUITAR COURSES ANNOUNCED
SHORT ON TIME? WANT RESULTS AT AN ACCELERATED PACE?
Sessions Available Throughout The Year.
$499 - 1 Day Private SEssion | $999 - 2 Day Private Session
SUPERCHARGE YOUR PLAYING WITH METAL MIKE
E-mail TODAY! "INTENSE COURSE" To MetalMike@MetalMike.net
Introducing 8 or 4 Hour Intensive Guitar Study Packages
This special program is designed for guitar students who prefer to drive in or fly in for a concentrated amount of material. Most players that take this route already have been playing for some time, but are looking for a correct roadmap or need questions answered before they can keep going at their own pace. These lessons take place over a span of 1 or 2 days and most students prefer weekends, although week days are also available.
How does it work?
You get an initial Skype consultation followed by Metal Mike's detailed preparation of a plan of attack to be tackled during the intensive. Each day consists of two 2 hour blocks with lunch in-between resulting in 4 hours per day of one on one instruction with Mike. For example, if you choose the 2 day course you will get 8 hours of total instruction. If you choose the one day course, you will get 4 hours of total instruction. Your take home materials include lesson notes and tablature plus video.
This program is available year round. Students are responsible for their own travel and lodging. We have a list of great nearby hotels next to the studio where the instruction takes place. Newark International Airport is only 35 minutes away. Located in Northern New Jersey, we are also only 15 minutes away from Manhattan, NY. In most cases we can pick you up and drop you off at your hotel prior and at the end of each session. Of course, if you are local, you can simply return home and meet Mike at the studio the following day.
Price for 1 Day Intensive: $499.00
Price for 2 day Intensive: $999.00
If you would like to book, check our schedule or have any questions, please contact us at: MetalMike@MetalMike.net
"Very impressive. In just a few days with Metal Mike, I saw real growth in Oliver's musicianship. Imagine what could be accomplished in a full week. Such great talent!" ... Timothy B., MA
Metal Mike offers Skype metal guitar lessons to students across the world. This medium is perfect for rockers who live too far to attend Mike's workshops, have no time to commute or simply want to get a new perspective on their playing. Many find out that after watching a hundred of You Tube videos they are still struggling with various aspects of their playing. There is simply no substitute for an instruction with a mentor that has true and tried world experience.
Mike's guitar videos surpassed 3,000,000 views on You Tube and have already helped thousands of guitarists, but to make some serious progress you should consider a personalized action plan where Mike will plan out and overlook your progress.
Price: $50.00 for 30 minutes.
Local Teacher Letting You Down? Use Mike's Real Life Experience To Tie It All Together!
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"Having Metal Mike as a mentor has enhanced my playing ability drastically! He was able to point out my errors immediately and teach me techniques like no other guitarist I have met." ... Tony G., NJ
"Mike helped me unlock my playing potential to a whole new level by showing me awesome licks, riffs and usable theory. There is no substitute for seeking face-to-face instruction from a world class player who has recorded and toured the globe with the all time greats." ... Alex H., NJ
"Thank you for the lesson. I really enjoyed it and got a lot out of it. Already writing riffs that are inspiring me again!" ... Chris W., England
"Mike's instruction is a perfect blend of classic training and real world experience." ... Charles A., MD
"One quick lesson with Mike has doubled my picking speed." ... Ben S., NJ
"You are a great inspiration and a source of knowledge." ... Sebastian S., Argentina
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