The Greenroom

Does Attitude Beat Skill?

Drums

This past week we brought a new drummer into the rotation at my church. I added some input to help the overall feel of the song and to simplify the groove. He was open to the advice and understood where I was coming from to help the song. This really impressed me and I have even more respect for this guy now. 

Play This Easy Groove With ANY Worship Song

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Well, at least in 4/4

Just starting drums? Do you drop into a panic everytime the worship leader switches the setlist? Do you feel like you have to be incredibly talented to play even the simplest songs? Well have I got news for you! This basic, BASIC groove will work with any song in 4/4. It's the Swiss Army Knife of drums.

Principles of Good Practice

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What is the best way to practice? In this post, we are going to take a look at a few over-arching ideas before jumping into some more detailed thoughts next week.

Vintage Shell Restoration

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Part 1

My friend gave me a set of vintage Ludwig drum shells from the 70's! They need some work, but I'm really excited about refurbishing them and want to share the progress.

Do You Need To Know Your Rudiments?

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Rudiments have their benefits. They serve a purpose and they are good to know, but I think they have their time and place.  Let's figure out what those are.

Reading Music in the Worship Drummer World

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Whether we learn with the sheet music originally, or learning a song from hearing it only, I think there are important reasons for internalizing songs beyond the need for the sheet music. 

Paramount Preparation

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There's No Substitute

Preparation has been on my heart lately. So pull up a seat and a cup of your favorite joe or a tall glass of sweet tea. It's time to ruffle some feathers.

Keeping the Mix In Mind

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A few months back I had the opportunity to play for a live night of worship in which the setup included an auxiliary percussionist. It kept me on my toes, as he was one more sound in the mix I needed to be careful not to play over. 

Snareweight M1

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Small In Size, Mighty In Mass

I have found one more little dampening gizmo I thought you guys might like -- the M1 from Snareweight.

Drummer Austin Davis

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Kari Jobe's drummer shares the gear he uses out on the road.

Josh gets a gear rundown from Austin Davis, drummer for Kari Jobe.

Keep it Consistent

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Play Consistent Grooves So You Can Remember

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. 

Step Outside Your Genre

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Try Out A New Style

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. 

Groovy Ghosts

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Add Some Feeling To Your Groove

A good drummer can keep a beat, but an awesome drummer has the ability to give a song feeling.  They know how and when to throw ghost notes and up beats in the mix, all to make a groove, well...groove.

Get the Loop Sound

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A Few Tricks for the Tone in 'Come Alive'

You don't have to use a loop in Come Alive to get that same tight sound.  Josh shows us how.

Learn It By Heart

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Learn It For Your Heart

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.

The Best Practice Tool You're Not Using

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Selfie Sticks

Video recording myself helps me check everything from my posture (which tends to be horrible), to my playing (too busy?), to how I'm engaging with others from behind the kit. 

Tom Tamer

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Add this technique to the tacs and tape in your tom toolbox.

I get asked a good bit about dampening options and what's the best product. Here's another trick to dampen your rack tom. 

How To Get That Reversed Snare Sound

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No Technology Necessary

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. 

How to Go from Good to Great Drumming with Garrett Goodwin

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Episode #16

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.

Worship Band Tag Team

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The groove to match the bass.

Daniel came up with a nice little warm up groove so I thought I'd teach you a beat to match. Get your bass player in on it and own the pre-practice jam session.