The Greenroom

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.

Do We Have To Play Songs in their Original Keys?

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Rise to the challenge or rein it in?  Consider the key signature when preparing your worship set.  Ryan reminds us about important factors to prioritize when debating whether to change the key of a song.  

Arranging Parts For Keyboard

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Podcast Episode #34

Worship Artistry keyboard instructor joins us to discuss arranging music for keyboards, his new kids program "Pianosity" and staying focused on practice.

How To Choose Songs for Your Church

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Will your group respond to just any song at your church's worship service?  Ryan talks about shepherding your congregation and knowing what resonates. 

Nord Stage 2 Walkthrough: Live Mode and Crash Course

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Now that you know what the Nord can do, it's time to put it into practice.  

Nord Stage 2 Walkthrough: Overview and Features

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Part 1

Whether you've recently purchased a Nord keyboard or are debating whether to get one, you'll learn something new as Ryan walks you through the Stage 2 in depth.  

Chord Chart Conundrum

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Sheet Music Simplified

Chord charts or lead sheets?  Every situation is different, every musician is different. In order to best suit your needs, understand the unique purposes for types of sheet music.

Stay Sharp

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4 Ways to Sharpen from the Start

Every once in a while I’m reminded of how important it is to stay musically sharp and just how easy it is to become musically dull.  This can happen especially with worship music. 

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Hardware Vs. Software

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Don't Get Left High And Dry

Have you ever worked all night on a paper only to have the power go out and realize you didn't save your work? It's gut-wrenching! Now imagine that happened on stage! Keyboard players don't have to be at the mercy of their equipment. Let's compare hardware vs. software rigs and see how we can mitigate disaster.

How To Think A Few Steps Ahead

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Mental Multitasking

This week I recorded one of the more challenging songs for keyboardists. Alive by Hillsong Young and Free is a synth workout. You definitely need to bring your A-game if you want to pull this off. If you think ahead while you play, though, it's all yours.

How To Roll With The Punches

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Float Like A Butterfly

As we all know, there are times when things don't happen the way we expect. A bass player doesn't show up. A cable is on the fritz. The tracks die. But what do you do when things don't go according to plan?

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.

What's the Hype About the 'Red Keyboard'?

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Don't Judge a Keyboard by its Color

I’ve heard so many keyboardists ask, "what keyboard should I buy?" The consensus from most is…. Nord (a.k.a. the ‘red keyboard'). Are so many keyboard players buying Nord simply because it looks cool and it’s red? Or is there more to it? 

Everything You Don't Need to Know to Play Keyboard

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Episode #17

Some skills and gear are essential for effective keyboard playing, but with others, we don't need to bother.  Ryan's got the lowdown on what equipment, techniques, and software we really need for our keys.