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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
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.
Many keyboardists play block chords in the right hand and bass notes in the left. There's nothing wrong with that but splitting chords into the right and left hand will take your chording to a whole new level. In this video I show you how to do it.
I’ve received a lot of questions lately as to how to get great sound on a tight budget. You don't have to ‘break the bank’ in order to get good sound. It all boils down to quality, flexibility, and ease of use. Fortunately, there are a lot of options out there.
Have you ever heard music being played at other times in a service besides when a song is actually being sung? If you have, then you have experienced the art of “padding.” Here are 3 keys to helping you craft your art of providing that pad.
Different sound patches call for different technique. You don't play a pad the same way you play a piano. One of the most important techniques to learn as a worship musician is playing the B3 organ. I've created a 101 lesson to cover the full technique but in this video I'm giving you a brief overview of tone and glissando.
Vertical Church Band is in the studio right preparing to record their upcoming album. In the is video producer and keyboardist Jacob Sooter gives a basic overview of the gear he is using to explore their new sonic spaces.
One of the number one questions I get asked is "What are you doing on your iPad?" Here's the app I use and how I use it. You need to have Omnisphere, which I detailed in another post, so you can check that out first here.
This thread belongs to you. Discuss all things keyboard and worship leading. It's not only a place to ask but also to answer so don't be afraid to reply to another member's comment. You have something to offer and you never know if that little tip is the key that opens up someone's musical world.
In addition to seeing all the posts on Facebook, I’ve recently be asked the same question by many keyboard players and musicians alike. “Should I get Omnisphere, and is it worth it?” The immediate answer to that question is undenieably…. YES! With that in mind, let me clarify a few things.