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How To Conduct Auditions

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Part 2

If you haven't checked out Part 1 on setting the tone, give it a look. We continue on with the details here.

How To Conduct Auditions

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Part 1: Setting the Tone

It’s hours before your service and you receive the dreaded text: your one and only drummer is sick and can't make it You can indeed make it through a service without your drummer but maybe you also want to figure out how to build your team. How do you identify musicians, develop them, and prepare them to lead? 

How to Really Listen to a Song

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Develop Your Musical Ear

Most people listen to music when they are doing something else.  If we musicians want to become better at our craft, we need to learn the art of critical listening.

How To Install Omnisphere Patches

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Amazing sounds are now available at your fingertips through the Worship Artistry Patch Store!  Here's how to install the Omnisphere files and get the most out of your patch purchase. 

How To Be A Diva

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We all know that divas don't belong on worship teams but that doesn't prevent us from acting like one on occasion. If you're not sure if you're a diva, here's a guide on becoming one.

Two Crucial Keys to Memorization

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Chain, Chain, Chains... Chains and Cues

For years I’ve heard the debate about whether church musicians should use sheet music, chord charts, and music stands during a service. I have my own thoughts on this topic, but one thing is certain: the ability to memorize and recall music is an indispensable tool for every musician. Whether it’s a ‘four chord and a capo’ worship song or a 30-page classical piano solo, this is a skill every musician should develop. Here's how.

How to Use Omni TR with Mainstage in a Live Setting

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In this video, Ryan shows us how to use the Omni TR app, by Spectrasonics in a live situation, along with Omnisphere and Mainstage.

Producer Session with Loop Community

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Patches, Stems, Omnisphere, and More

Ryan hosted a Facebook Live Producer Session with Loop Community.  He lets us in on how he uses Omnisphere to create patches for Worship Artistry and stems for Loop Community.

Come People Of The Risen King Solo Piano

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Leading on piano? This solo playthrough of Come People Of The Risen King, by Keith and Kristyn Getty, is designed for a more acoustic setting.

Whole Heart Solo Keyboard Walkthrough

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Lead with Keys on this Passion Tune

Perhaps you're stripping down to an acoustic set but still want to include Whole Heart on the set list. If keys are leading solo, Ryan shows us how to fill out the sound and lead on piano for Kristian Stanfill's Whole Heart.

Practice Won't Make Perfect

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You've been lied to

We’ve all heard the saying that “practice makes perfect." This is why it's false.

Understanding Intervals

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Breaking Down The Basics

Steps are the basic building blocks of music. Among keyboard players this simple concept is often overlooked in favor of more complicated fare, so in this post I'm going to take you back to the most basic intervals there are.

Christmas Keyboard Rig Walk-Through

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Ryan shows us what's different about his seasonal setup.  Ready for orchestra, choir, and gospel, complete with stems, tracks, MainStage, and multiple keyboards. Epic tunes require an epic rig.  

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Don't Do It. Trust Me.

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Think twice before you upgrade.

This is what I want to tell any musician who happens to use a computer for their music production and is eager to update their software when the latest version drops. I had to learn this lesson the hard way many years ago.

Patch Perfect

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Make sure your rig is right

What do I need in order to sound like the album?  How do I get that Hillsong/Elevation/Jesus Culture sound? What gear are they using?  In the past, you would have needed to save up a ton of money to buy about a dozen different keyboards, modules, pedals, and more. Fortunately with today’s technology, you don’t have to do that, thanks to ‘soft synths’ and patches.

When Song Needs Don't Match Your Wants

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A Personal Story

Years ago, I was producing a track and invited my very talented and close friend to be the drummer I asked him to play a simple drum loop on an electronic kit. But there was one problem.

2 Key Rules To Play By

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This Makes So Much Sense

Playing in a band is so different than playing in your living room. Follow these rules to fit right in.

How To Play Auxiliary Keys

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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.

 

 

The Cue Dilemma

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Cues and Don'ts

Tracks, clicks, and cues can, at times, be a lifesaver.  How can we take advantage of their benefits without forfeiting our own musicianship?

An Interview with Hillsong's Peter James

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Episode #36

Hillsong keyboard guru Peter James sits down with Ryan King to talk patches, playing live and so much more! Check out Peter's tones at Multitracks.com.