Welcome to Metal Mike's Metal Heroes Music Academy
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Built on the pillars of formal music education and backed by real world track record and experience, we provide world class instruction in heavy metal music through themed camps, retreats, workshops, internet and private lessons as well as intensive 1 or 2 day courses.
So, in case you might not be familiar, who is Metal Mike?
Metal Mike is a metal recording and touring artist, writer, blogger and an expert heavy metal music coach.
Mike has recorded and toured the world several times over with Heavy Metal's elite, has appeared on albums totaling well over a million sold, and is a long standing guitarist to Judas Priest's Rob Halford in the Metal God’s solo endeavor Halford.
Metal Mike has also taught hundreds of thousands of people internationally via his popular 'Metal For Life' Guitar World column, DVDs, books, music camps and workshops. Outside of The Metal God, Mike has recorded and/or performed with Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden, Axl Rose of Guns N' Roses, Sebastian Bach, Testament, Rudolf Schenker of Scorpions, Geoff Tate of Queensryche and Saturday Night Live's Jim Breuer.
Mike tours internationally as a solo artist, with other metal gods, and has played in over 20+ countries while sharing tours with bands such as Motley Crue, Iron Maiden, Guns N' Roses and Ozzy Osbourne. Mike's touring highlights include playing Madison Square Garden 3 times as well as playing concerts at the Playboy Mansion and the Rock In Rio III Festival in front of 350,000 fans.
Mike has penned guitar instructional books and metal guitar instructional DVDs available internationally through Alfred Music Publishing.
Mike has been recently taking part in the Randy Rhoads Remembered tribute shows in coordination with the Rhoads family, the Axes & Anchors guitar cruise along Yngwie Malmsteen & Zakk Wylde and has been voted ‘Top 10 Metal Guitarist’ by Europe’s Thrash ‘Em All Magazine.
As a solo artist Mike has toured with or supported Steve Morse, late Ronnie Montrose, Yngwie Malmsteen, Testament, Amon Amarth, Primal Fear, Behemoth, Savatage and Dokken.
Mike’s latest solo release are The Metalworker and The Metalworker Demos +6. In 2017, Legacy/Sony Music has released the ultimate Rob Halford collection - The Complete Albums box set.
Mike's real world experience is built upon the pillars of formal musical education. Metal Mike is a scholarship graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusets.
In 2018, Metal Mike has been inducted into the Metal Hall Of Fame along side Lzzy Hale (Halestorm), Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big, Talas, David Lee Roth, Sons Of Appolo) and Bill Ward (Black Sabbath).
Now - Let's Rock!
Metal Heroes is fueled by passion for what we do and how we do it.
Our #1 app for internet lessons recently took notice and gave Metal Heroes major thumbs up ...
"We feel if anyone can get the new metalheads to play together, it's you!"
How About Mike's Students? Read Below!
"I feel like I've 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
"You Don't Have To Be Great To Start, But You Have To Start To Be Great." ... Les Brown
METAL MIKE RELEASES HIS 3rd GUITAR INSTRUCTIONAL BOOK
Chromaticity is Metal Mike's 3rd guitar instructional book designed to improve the chops of fellow Metal guitar players. This book serves as a go-to manual for Mike's best exercises in order to improve your speed, coordination and fluidity. Available Now. US Orders Only. Enjoy Free Shipping!
Each Book Comes Signed By MM Through January.
METAL MIKE's ONLINE SUBSCRIPTION GUITAR PROGRAM
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Do you want to seriously accelerate your playing? I mean not for 2 weeks or until the weather gets really nice. But, this time more seriously. Do you want to finally dig deep into what you know is true - that you can be a better, quicker and more creative guitarist than you are today?
FULL INFO HERE!
What Are Mike's Online Guitar Program Students Saying?
"Mike you always present a lick that's challenging, but with practice it is something I can do."
"Another awesome lick to learn. This is the type of instruction I've been wanting but could never find."
METAL MIKE's ULTIMATE METAL GUITAR RETREAT 2021
You Came Out In 2019 - We Are Back & Louder In 2020!
2 days and 3 nights of non-stop 24/7 guitar!
November 6-8, 2020 | $500 per person
2 NIGHTS LODGING, 24-7 METAL GUITAR, BBQs, HOT SAUCE. CRAFT BEER!
SLIDE MOUNTAIN FOREST HOUSE RESORT, BIG INDIAN, NY
Pre-Register Today - Right HERE!
"Wow, what a great weekend, I met some really great people and learned so much! I'm in for next year and every year after that!"
... Sam C., PA
"Forging the foundation of great finger work and friendships around the fires under the majestic mountain skies of NY ... this retreat is not to be missed!"
... Greg D., NJ
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
(Workshop Theme: TBA)
10:00 – 11:00pm - Campfire (Demented Brewering Pit)
After Campfire – Free Time, Jams, Lick Trading, Return To Chalet.
9:00 - 10:00am – Breakfast
10:30 – 11:30am – Guitar Workshop 2
(Workshop Theme: TBA)
12:00 - 1:15pm – Lunch
1:30 – 2:45pm – Guitar Workshop 3
(Workshop Theme: TBA)
3:00 – 4:00pm – Free Time, Hang, Jams, Etc.
4:00 – 5:30pm – Special Guest Visit
(Workshop Theme: TBA)
5:30 – 6:30pm – Free Time
6:30 – 8:30pm – BBQ
8:30 – 9:30pm – Free Time, Hang, Jams | Guitar Maintenance Tips & Tricks
10:00 – 11:15pm Campfire (Demeted Brewing Pit)
9am – 10am – Breakfast
10am – 10:30 – Camp Sponsor Giveaways + Certificates Of Completion
11am – Leave Retreat
Check Out Our 2019 Photos HERE
METAL MIKE's METAL HEROES SUMMER CAMP
PLEASE NOTE: Due to continuing health concerns in the USA, Metal Heroes Music Academy has made the decision to post pone our 2020 season of Metal Heroes Summer Camp to August 2021. The safety of our campers and counselors are of most importance to us and we want to do a camp that is a safe, fun and enriching experience for all. We will see everyone in August 2021!
Our Crown Jewel Returns For Its 7th Very Loud Year!
August 10-14, 2020 | $1399 per person | $595 parent spectator
5 Days and 4 Nights of amazing memories, music, friends and heavy metal!
Pricing includes 3 restaurant quality meals per day, snacks, soft drinks, clean lodging with air conditioning and private bathrooms, all workshops, clinics, equipment use and camp activities. ***All pricing add NJ sales tax.
ARE YOU READY FOR HEAVY METAL?
I am so excited to welcome you to our seventh Metal Heroes Summer Camp!
And, welcome to the place where we Teach, Motivate and Inspire the metal youth of today.
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 14-21. 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!
Get Full Info HERE
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
Check Out Some Pics From 2019 In Our Photo Gallery HERE
METAL MIKE's INTENSIVE GUITAR COURSES
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
CONTACT US TODAY!
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!
"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
PRIVATE ONE ON ONE GUITAR LESSONS WITH METAL MIKE
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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