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 releases are The Metalworker and The Metal Squire - Early Battles + 4. 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
JULY 5-7, 2022
METAL HEROES SUMMER COLLECTIVE
Check out 2021 pics HERE!
Metal Mike's Metal Heroes Summer Collective is designed to get younger Heavy Metal musicians into a small performing group setting. This program features 2 nights and 3 days filled with world class Heavy Metal instruction, friends, BBQs, campfires, lessons, guests and hell of a good time spent with your musician tribe. Open to drums, guitar and bass. Learn to write and perform original songs with Metal Mike. Located at Slide Mountain Forest House Resort in Big Indian, NY.
"Dylan had an absolute blast. Thanks for all you do to support him."
... Jessica D., NJ
"My son really responded to you. More so than any other teacher he had in the past. Thank you for organizing the weekend and for bringing everyone together."
... Nora H., NY
"Alex had a great time at the Collective and he always plays his guitar in his downtime. I'm so glad he was able to connect with you and learn from you."
... Linda R., NJ
Are you serious? Dedicated? Think you are up for studying with Mike?
Let Us Know Below!
$699 Per Person | $499 Spectator
Pre-Register TODAY - Right HERE!
How Do We Rock This? Check Out Our 2021 Schedule.
2022 Schedule Will Post In Spring.
4:00 - 5:15pm – Arrive At Summer Collective!
5:15 – 5:45pm – Check In & Check Out The Practice Room/ Load-In
5:45 - 6:30pm – Group Walk (Optional. Allows Us To Meet)
6:45 – 8:00pm – Dinner / BBQ
8:30 – 9:30pm – Workshop 1: “Reinventing The Steel”
10:00pm - Campfire / Free Time
9:00 – 10:00am – Breakfast
10:30 – 11:30am – Workshop 2: Group Jam (Spanish Dominant Theme)
12:00 – 1:15pm – Lunch
1:30 – 2:45pm– Workshop 3: Guest - Roser Guitars (Art of Guitar Build)
4:00 – 5:30pm – Workshop 4: Group Jam (Heavy Riffs, Tony Iommi & Beyond)
5:50 – 6:30pm – Free Time or Group Walk (Optional. You Can Choose).
6:30 – 8:30pm – Dinner / BBQ
8:30 - 9:30pm – Group Jam (Combining All Workshops / Review)
10:00pm - Campfire / Free Time
9 - 10am – Breakfast
10am – Photos, Certificates Of Completion & Sponsor Prize Contest.
12:00pm – Leave Summer Collective
METAL MIKE RELEASES HIS 4th GUITAR INSTRUCTIONAL BOOK
Chromaticity 2 is Metal Mike's 4th 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, precision and stretch. Book features 13 pages, 19 exercises, plus Tablature, left hand fingerings, picking options and pro-level performance tips. Available Now. US Orders Only. Enjoy Free Shipping!
Check Out What Our Students Are Saying About The New Book!
"Metal Mike does a great job again with Chromaticity 2. He puts in great exercises to get your fingers moving. I recommend this for anyone who is looking to advance further with their chops." ... Jim (MA)
"No need to waste time searching the internet for exercises. Metal Mike provides quality instruction and material to help Metalheads achieve their goals." ... Troy (NJ)
"Overall Chromaticity 2 is an all-encompassing as an instructional book can be. Frankly if this won't turn you into a speed demon Metal shredder, then it is on you." ... Mark (CA)
"I have Chromaticity 1 and this new book is a solid follow-up. I use these books for warming up and working on my technique. I am very pleased with the exercises in this book." ... Rich (NJ)
"Chromaticity 2 is a must have. While you're at it, get Chromaticity 1 because together those 2 books will help you become the shredder that you want to be." ... Jim (PA)
Each Book Comes Signed By Mike.
METAL MIKE's ULTIMATE METAL GUITAR RETREAT 2022
You Came Out In 2021 - We Are Back & Louder In 2022!
2 days and 3 nights of non-stop 24/7 guitar!
November 4-6, 2022
$550 per person all inclusive
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!
"Metal Mike puts a lot of effort into the retreat, ensuring a great experience. 3 years in a row. Looking forward to many more."
... Troy Y, NJ
"Great lessons and great people. No egos! Mike, you do a great job bringing in people with excellent attitudes."
... Sam C, PA
"This was my first retreat and it wildly exceeded expectations - great learning, hang-time, guy food, location. Definitely the highlight of my year. Where else can you go to find other guys who know about bands like Wolf, hear great road stories from the man who's lived them, and walk away a better guitar player with a bunch of new friends?"
... Scott K, CA
"The retreat is something I look forward to every year. This last one was my 4th and it's only getting better. The lessons with Metal Mike are great for motivation & becoming better on the guitar. You meet like minded guitarists and Metal fans."
... Rich S, NJ
"In the 48 hours of the retreat, I think my picking hand was moving 24 hours. I really got a lot out of this fun experience."
... Steve V, CO
How Do We Rock This? Check Out Our Sample Schedule.
5:00 - 6:00pm – Arrive At Camp
6:00 - 7:00pm – Check In & Check Out The Workshop Room
7:00 - 8:00pm – BBQ
8:30 - 9:30pm – Guitar Workshop 1
(Workshop Theme: TBA)
10:00 – 11:00pm - Campfire
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
9am – 10am – Breakfast
10am – 10:30 – Camp Sponsor Giveaways + Certificates Of Completion
11am – Leave Retreat
Check Out Our 2021 Photos HERE
MORE WORDS FROM THOSE WHO ALREADY EXPERIENCED OUR AWESOME EVENTS!
"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
METAL MIKE's INTENSIVE GUITAR COURSES
SHORT ON TIME? WANT RESULTS AT AN ACCELERATED PACE?
Sessions Available Throughout The Year.
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.
Contact Us For Custom Pricing
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 and Zoom 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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