The Greenroom

Pedalboard Rundown 2.0

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Just the facts

My board has been through a lot of changes lately and I couldn't be happier. Here's a rundown of the new signal chain. *Note: When I turn on the compressor the amp overdrives in the video. That's not a typical compressor feature. It's because I have the level turned up a bit so it strengthens the signal into the tubes. I'll go into more detail in my compressor walkthrough.

How To Find Treasure In Your Music Trash Can

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At Worship Artistry we are always adding new content as well as backfilling our older guitar lessons with additional instruments. With over 400 lessons it’s no small task! When we dig waaaaaaaaayy back into the archives I sometimes have to make updates or in some cases reshoot the entire lesson.  A few weeks ago I noticed something.

How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Key of Bb

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Develop a strange love for this awkward key.

When the worship leader starts a sentence with “We’re going to change this song from the key A to the key of…” we hold our breath, instinctively hoping for E, D, C, or G. Unfortunately, that sentence usually finishes with something like “…Bb” 

How To Accept A Compliment

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You played great. Somebody said so. Now what?

5 Ways To Get and Stay Creative in 2018

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The year is a blank page

I love this time of year. Another year is gone and it’s time to hit the reset button, apply learned lessons and set some goals for the next 12 months. Mine all have to do with staying creative. Here’s how I plan to do it.

How To Set The Stage

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Everything Communicates

I got a question this week about the best way to set up the stage for a worship gathering. You might not give much thought to it, but how you set up the stage communicates a lot. Here are my thoughts on it.

All About Overdrive

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Podcast #59

The brains behind Westminster and Nose Pedals join us to discuss what goes into the most ubiquitous guitar effect.

What Is Playing Skillfully?

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This week I was reminded that I have a Twitter account and as I perused the last few months' tweets, the question came up-- what does it mean to play skillfully? My initial thought is still my answer: “Always growing, but performing only what you can execute well." Let’s break that down.

Is It Time To Leave the Woodshed?

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Two months ago I was invited on a 72-hole golf weekend with three of my close friends. Here’s the problem: I’m terrible at golf. I started later in life and never had a single lesson, so every swing is basically a guess.

So Will I...Sing This Song?

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Maybe not 100 Billion times but...

We’re about to release the tutorial for Hillsong United’s “So Will I (100 Billion X)”. If you haven’t heard the song yet, it’s a beautiful and often abstract take on creation all the way through to Christ’s death and resurrection. The soundscapes are expansive, the vocals gentle and the lyrics intricate. For some, this will be the highlight of the album, but for many the lyrics in the second chorus will give pause. Let's take a look.

Play Bigger Leads

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With This Simple Guitar Tip

Sometimes a little change can go a long way. In this video Jason shows you how to use droning notes to bump your leads up.

3 Easy Ways To Stay Sharp All Summer

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Don't forget how to play

We're smack in the middle of summer and with all the travel and sunshine, your music skills may be dulling. Rather than fight the summer rhythm, let's look at how you can use the down time to thrive.

How To Play With A Cut Capo

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Emphasis on "play"

I've gotten some questions about cut capos and though I don't use them much, I found some cool ways to inspire your playing. If you'd like to pick up one of these cool G7th ones click here.

All I Really Want In A Worship Song

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See what I did there?

We teach a lot of songs on Worship Artistry and they are all good for different reasons. All I Really Want by Tim Timmons stood out of the crowd a bit and I found myself asking why. Here’s what I love about this simple song.

5 Creative Ways To Use 2 Electric Guitars

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At Worship Artistry we arrange master recordings to be played by a 5-piece band, but what do you do when you have 2 electric guitar players on the same stage and all the main parts are covered? In this post, I’m going to give you some tips on ways to get the most out of the pairing. 

How To Get Drop D All Over The Neck

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A Little Trick Goes A Long Way For Creativity

You can spark creativity with the smallest adjustments. Try this trick to get Drop D tone all over the neck and see if you can kindle some fire.

Holy Harmonies

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Take Jesus Reigns up a level.

This week I taught Holy Holy Holy (Jesus Reigns) by Highlands Worship. I loved the solo acoustic arrangement so much I decided to add some harmonies and open strings to create additional layers on the acoustic guitar. Check it out.

Should You Buy That Pedal?

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A Helpful (and humorous) Flowchart

It's easy to get amped up about buying pedals but should you drop your hard earned cash on it? I've created this handy flowchart to help you decide.

Founder And Finisher

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A Worship Artistry Exclusive

As much as I’d love to promote independent music on Worship Artistry, the truth is the level of quality varies dramatically. Often you can find a great song without a decent recording. Other times the production might be great but the song lyrics aren’t striking. Every once in awhile though, something wows you. Enter Founder And Finisher.

5 Resolutions To Make You An Awesome Worship Musician

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We're bringing it in 2017

I love new year’s resolutions. Setting a few goals, writing them down and periodically coming back to the list is a great way to combat the quick passage of time. I’ve thought through this year and here are five that I think any worship musician can accomplish. Join me!