The Greenroom

How To Practice

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Listen and Build

I prepare the same way for any size setlist. First and foremost, put the sticks DOWN.

The Secret To Perfect Snare Tone

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Get It Gushy

There are a few different products on the market ranging from $20-$100, depending on what you purchase, to help you find that perfect snare sound. Well, here's a quick and simple way to help you get that "phat", "gushy" sounding snare drum that's FREE! Check it!

Is Your Internal Clock Calibrated?

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Recalibrate with this fun exercise.

Tracks can be a great addition to our worship gatherings but I feel like we can lean on them a bit too much. I want to challenge you to work on your internal timing with this simple exercise.

Rhythm Ready

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What's in your bag?

As drummers, we need to be the “Boy Scout” of the team. We all need to be prepared for not only the songs we’re playing, but also any changes that may arise. We need to have on hand the tools to accomodate them both.

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.

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. 

An Anchor for the Soul

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Josh's New Kit

Recently I parted ways with the DW kit that’s been my baby for the last 10 years. I've been wanting to venture outside of my comfort zone and get more of that old school vintage sound. My new kit has arrived!

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.

How To Play Like You're Not Wearing In-Ears

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Turn it up

The first time you put on in-ears, it's a rude awakening. Here's how to make it work.

Does Attitude Beat Skill?

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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.

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.