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Mike Portnoy Explains Why He Doesn't Give Drum Lessons

04/05/2016
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(Prog) Mike Portnoy says he doesn't give his son Max drum lessons because he's 'not a good teacher.' Teenager Max is the drummer in Next To None and has followed in his famous dad's footsteps. But he goes elsewhere for drum lessons rather than getting regular instruction from the former Dream Theater man.

Mike Portnoy tells Metal Wani: "Max does go for lessons with somebody else, for two reasons. I'm not home consistently enough and I think it's important for any young drummer to get lessons consistently.

"The other reason is that I'm not a teacher. It doesn't matter how many awards I've won, it doesn't make me a good teacher." But even though Max works with another teacher, some of his dad's style does appear in his playing. Read more here.

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