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.
While walking the streets of good ol' New Orleans,I couldn't help but notice not just how many musicians, but how many types of musicians there were playing on the street corners. It just got me thinking about how important it is to dive into all types of genres of music in order to experience and appreciate them.
When I see drummers glued to a music stand, the vibe seems stiff. If we practice until we know the songs backward and forward, when we play at worship, we can climb in to the songs and be a part of them.
When I was preparing for David Crowder's "My Victory," I quickly realized that I had to get creative. When you listen to this song, pay attention to all of the production within this track. There are a lot of sampled sounds that you can't reproduce on an acoustic kit but there are some that you can get close to even if electronics aren't available.
Why do some guys get all the calls to play? Carrie Underwood touring drummer Garrett Goodwin joins the show to talk about that little bit extra that takes you from good to great. Jason and Dan continue to be their ridiculous selves and discuss leading a team when you're the youngest member.
How many of you have had a rehearsal or even a Sunday morning church gathering sneak up on you? I know it has happened to me before and I’ve felt very unprepared and that’s just a bad feeling. This week I want to talk about playing offensively and defensively.
This week I did a lesson for the song "Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)" by Chris Tomlin. This recording doesn't actually have any drums in it so I decided to write a drum part. Sometimes when we play songs in a worship set depending on the mood and situation they may need some subtle movement behind them. Below are the two main things I listen for when I have to add drums or percussion to a song that originally doesn't have any on it.
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I know I'm not the only drummer with a wide breadth of experience in this community. Time to tap into some collective wisdom. Feel free to ask questions or respond to the questions and comments of another. This thread is built for you so let's make each other better.