Flying Colors “Kayla”

Prog drumming legend Mike Portnoy here performs the track "Kayla" from the band Flying Colors, and then demonstrates some of the key concepts used in the song, including the use of odd time signatures.

“Drumming superstar Mike Portnoy has created several lesson packs exclusively for Drum Guru™! Mike is one of the most popular drummers in the world, and an acknowledged master in the progressive and metal styles. Here he presents you with some great drum lessons that you can apply to your own playing.

Mike’s “Song Packs” feature an exclusive in-studio performance of a song followed by individual lessons that analyze the techniques contained in that song. This is the Mike Portnoy Song Pack 3, in which Mike performs the Flying Colors song “Kayla.” Mike demonstrates his drum parts both at normal speed and at a slow tempo, and the “practice mode” includes note-for-note transcriptions of all the grooves and fills that are explained.”

Here are the lessons that appear in this pack:

  • “Kayla” Performance
  • “Kayla” Verses with 7/8 Time
  • “Kayla” Chorus in 6/8 & Transition
  • “Kayla” Soft Cymbal Work
  • “Kayla” Guitar Solo with Fills
  • “Kayla” Ending Fill




  • Mike Portnoy


  • Drums


  • Odd Meter
  • Rock

Skill Level

  • Advanced
  • Intermediate
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