The Greenroom

3 Ways to Beat Stage Fright

You can do it.

When I first started playing for worship, my best friend was a large plant on the end of the stage. I loved it because I could hide behind it and I play guitar to my hearts content. Nobody could see me and that was the point. 

Building Teams with Uriah Garay

Podcast #109

Worship team builder extraordinaire Uriah Garay joins the podcast to explain how he built his worship teams up to over a hundred volunteers in a small church.

Cody Carnes on Worshipping With Honesty

Podcast #108

Cody Carnes is on a roll with songs like Nothing Else and Run To The Father. In this episode he joins us to talk about this season of his writing and lifting songs that come from an honest place.

How To Think Like A Drummer

Part 1: Playing To The Room

You can learn every kick pattern and cymbal crash, but music should and always will be an art. In this series we are talking about what it takes to go from playing drums to being a drummer.

How To Survive A Faith Crisis

Podcast #107

With Christian leaders like Joshua Harris and Marty Sampson publicly walking away from the faith, Jason gets real and shares the story of his own loss of faith and how God never let him go.

3 Tips on Playing For Prayer

Don't be a distraction.

There are often moments in a worship set where someone is talking, praying or just waiting to go into the next song where we are tasked with playing background music. While there are no hard and fast rules on what you should play, here are a few ideas to keep you from becoming a distraction.

How To Play Auxiliary Keys

Strategically Supportive Sounds

There’s more to being an auxiliary keyboard player than you think. All too often, keyboardists approach playing a secondary part like the primary, but if we’re not careful, this could be detrimental to what’s happening musically. So what should an aux keys player play? What sounds should they use? And what advice is there for playing ‘second fiddle?' Check it out here in this video blog.

5 Ways To Get Inspired

Get out of that funk!

Summer is one of my most inspired times. I write half my songs for the year during these few sunny months. While I think the weather has something to do with it, I’ve noticed a few other factors that I think contribute. Here are 5 things to inspire your music this summer and every season after. 

How To Memorize Your Grooves

Keep it consistent

Last month I had the opportunity to play drums for a night of worship that was recorded for a live record. There's not a lot of room for issues or mistakes on something like that, and we wanted everything to run flawlessly. It would have been much more challenging if I didn't play consistently. 

Play Like A Synth Bass

Wake Up

So many songs in modern worship either replace the bass or augment the bass with keyboard. Fear not! We can create a similar tone by using octaves. In this video I'll show you how. Once you've got the idea try using it in the lesson for Wake by Hillsong Young And Free. 

Embrace Change

Keep an Open Mind

For the last few weeks, I’ve been on tour, playing drums for Austin French. For this tour, we tried a very different setup.

Environment Matters

Get out and play.

Sometimes we just forget to pay attention and let habits keep us in the dark. It's time to turn practice time into play time. 

How To Create Stacks In Omnisphere

Customize your zones in both standard and 'live/stack' modes.

Combine sounds and customize complex regions on your keyboard. Ryan walks us through the process of creating stacks to shape your unique tone using Omnisphere and the OmniTR app.