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Subscriptions
What is included when I subscribe to the monthly Live Online Drum Lessons for $19.99/ month?
You will have access to all of the Live Online Lessons that we broadcast, all times and all levels. You will have access to the "Archives" folder which holds the past 8 weeks worth of Live Lessons so that you can go back and watch a lesson that you missed or re-watch lessons. Each Live Lesson day topic includes sheet music and MP3 samples (as long as the topic permits these). During the Live Lesson broadcasts, there is a Q & A session at the end of each broadcast so you have the chance to ask Mike your drumming questions. You have the option to create a profile in our site and have the access to connect with hundreds of drummers from all over the world. Most recently added to our site for Live Lesson subscribers is the Student Review feature and the Gear Exchange Page. If you choose, you can upload a video of yourself working on something that you need help with and Mike can review your video and assist you with what you are working on in that video. The Student Reviews are done Live on Tuesdays as long as there are at least 3 new videos to review. You also have access to the Gear Exchange Page which you can post your drum gear for sale where other Live Lesson subscribers can view and contact you if they are interested in purchasing any of your drum gear.
I want to sign up for the Live Lessons but I'm not sure of what level I am.
When you subscribe to the Live Online Lessons, you get access to all levels, Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced so you do not need to choose the level during the sign up process. If you go to the Live Lesson "Schedule" from the top menu in our site, you can read a bit about the levels.
When I subscribe to the Live Lessons, do I have to go into my account to make the payment each month or is this automatic?
The monthly payment is automatic. The payment will pull every 30 days from the date you signed up and it will pull from the original payment method you used to signup with.
I am a live lesson subscriber but get a message on the archived videos that I "do not have permission" to view them. What do I do about this?
You have saved or are going to "https" instead of "http." The "s" in the beginning of the site is creating the problem. Please click on the link below and make sure to save this link to your bookmarks so that you don't have this issue any longer. http://www.mikeslessons.com
I am trying to watch a lesson live but the live lesson video box is black and is not connecting.
This typically means you need to update your Flash Player. If you have updated your Flash Player and it's still not connecting, try shutting down your computer and restarting.
I need to cancel my monthly subscription. How do I go about doing this?
Please send an email to Amber at amber@mikeslessons.com and she can cancel your subscription for you. Make sure to include the email address that you use in your account to pay for your subscription.
Am I locked into a term for the Live Lessons when I subscribe?
No, our subscription is month to month and you can cancel at any time. To cancel your subscription and the subsequent subscription billing, you need to email us at amber@mikeslessons.com to have your account canceled, otherwise the monthly billing will continue. There will be no refunds for those who are not using their subscription but did not request a cancelation.
Can I view the Live Lessons and the archives from my mobile device (an iPad or iPhone, etc.)?
Yes! You can watch the lessons live or the archives from your phone or tablet device as long as you have a good internet signal. You can watch the lesons on the go or while you are travling so that you won't feel like you are missing the lessons while out of town!
When I try to watch the archives, I get a message that I'm not allowed because of a Vimeo upgrade, what do I need to do?
You have saved or are going to "https" instead of "http." The "s" in the beginning of the site is creating the problem. Please use the site address below and make sure to save it to your bookmarks so that you don't have this issue next time you visit our site. http://www.mikeslessons.com
If I subscribe to the Live Lessons but decide it's not for me, can I cancel the subscription and get a refund?
To cancel the subscription, please email Amber at amber@mikeslessons.com. If it's the 1st month then you can get a refund for the unused portion of the month. If it's not within the 1st month then the subscription can be cancelled and access allowed till your payment has run out but no refund will be given.
Can I get a refund or pro-rated refund for an unused portion of my subscription that I paid for?
We apologize but there are no refunds for unused subscription access. If you continue to pay for the monthly subscription with us then we assume you are using it. If you can not use it or would no longer like to subscribe then we will be happy to assist you in canceling your subscription so that no further payments are made to us. To do so, please email Amber at amber@mikeslessons.com and request that your subscription be canceled. You will always get a response so please make sure she can email you back if she needs additional information from you.
iPod Video Lessons
Do you offer any DVD's with lesson content?
No, all of our video lessons are downloadable to your desktop or to an MP4 device.
Do I get sheet music with any video purchase from the store?
No, the only videos from the store that have sheet music are the archived Live Lessons that are for sale in the store for $5.99. To get your sheet music, please email amber@mikeslessons.com and tell her what live lesson number(s) you need in the corresponding sheet music.
My purchased videos are not downloading, what am I doing wrong?
Here are the steps to follow to get your videos to download and save properly: 1) Login 2) Click on "My Downloads" 3) Find a video you want to download and click on the green "Download" button next to the video title. 4) A black and orange box will appear with instructions, right click on that box and choose "Save Link As" or "Save Target As" on a Mac. 5) Choose where you want that file to save to and wait for the download to be complete. 6) In order to make sure you never loose that video, we recommend that you transfer all of our video files to either an external hard-drive or to your iTunes account, that way you'll have the videos for as long as you need them for as many views as you'd like. If you have "0" downloads left and you have not gotten that file to download and save yet, please email Amber at amber@mikeslessons.com and she will get you more downloads.
When I purchase the video drum lesson(s), what do I actually get and how do I get it?
When you buy a video lesson from our site the video will be automatically added to your account once the order has been completed. The video is then downloaded to your desktop and needs to be saved for future reference. From there you can transfer the video onto an MP4 device to take to the kit with you.
Drum Clinics & Camps
How do I request to have Mike come to do a clinic in my home town?
Mike will go anywhere for clinics so there needs to be a store or drum shop that has interest in paying for Mike to get there to host a clinic. If your local store/drum shop has expressed interest, please have the store/drum shop email Amber at amber@mikeslessons.com.
I'm interested in more information about your Drum Camps, how can I get more information?
You can simply click on "Drum Camps" on our top menu and that should answer all of your camp questions. If you have more questions about camp, feel free to email Amber at amber@mikeslessons.com and she s happy to assist you!
Miscellaneous
Where can I purchase Mike's "Linear Drumming" book?
The book is available for order thru lulu.com. You can order a physical copy of the book and have it shipped to you or you can buy a downloadable version. Here are the links to both versions: Physical copy: http://www.lulu.com/shop/mike-johnston/linear-drumming/paperback/product-20289584.html Downloadable version: http://www.lulu.com/shop/mike-johnston/linear-drumming/ebook/product-20289607.html
Gear & Gadgets
Mike's Drum Sticks:
Vater Mike Johnston 2451 Signature sticks. Available in Maple and hickory.
Mike's Drum Kit:
Gretsch USA Custom Toms: 10x7, 14x12, 16x14 Bass: 22x18 Snare: 14x5 solid aluminum