Influences Pack 1

Join drumming superstar Mike Portnoy as he presents a series of lessons that will teach you concepts employed by Mike which were inspired by his heroes: John Bonham, Alex Van Halen, Dave Lombardo, and Lars Ulrich.

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 “Influence Packs” feature Mike discussing and demonstrating signature concepts from his drumming influences. Each lesson contains a breakdown of a specific groove, fill, or lick played by one of Mike’s favorite drummers. This is Mike Portnoy’s Influences Pack 1.

Here are the lessons that appear in this pack:

  • Intro to Influences
  • John Bonham-Style Grooves
  • John Bonham Triplet Lick
  • Alex Van Halen Syncopated Groove
  • Alex Van Halen Double Bass Groove
  • Dave Lombardo Ride 16ths
  • Dave Lombardo Bass/Tom Lick
  • Lars Ulrich Crashes with Snare
  • Lars Ulrich Double Bass Groove




  • Mike Portnoy


  • Drums


  • Double Bass
  • Metal
  • Rock

Skill Level

  • Intermediate
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