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How To Be Your Own Metronome

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Calibrate your inner clock

When we chose drums as our instrument, we signed up to be the leader of the rhythm section and that’s a vital role. As we go so the band goes. So how do imperfect people play in perfect time? Using a metronome or click track is a great place to start but it’s no substitute for developing your “internal click”. Here are a couple of training exercises to help you develop your internal metronome.

Fifth Note Lead-In

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Subtle but Spicy

Add a little spice to your chord progression with this simple note.  Daniel shows us where to slip it in.  

How To Nail Your Volume Swells

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A few tips for great playing

Volume swells are simple to play. Just follow these guidelines to get you started.

How To Beat The Bass Amp Blues

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Get the volume without blowing the sound mix.

One of the most difficult things to navigate when playing bass in church is that it is often difficult to hear yourself play without getting so loud that it ruins your sound for the sound guy. Here is how to beat the bass amp blues.

How To Use A Master Filter

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Learn how to clean up your keyboard patches so they can really shine.

Learn the knobs.

Strengthen Your Non-Dominant Hand

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Try this exercise this week

It never hurts to work on the fundamentals and this little exercise can help. Get control of your non-dominant hand.

A Bit on Slap Technique

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A quirky little bass trick, demystified.

Daniel demystifies the slap technique for bass guitar.

Fix Your Chord Changes With This One Simple Tip

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Master your guitar chord transitions. (Hint: it's not about speed.)

Nearly every guitar beginner struggles with chord transitions, but mastering your changes might be easier than you think.  Here's the tip every guitar player you know forgot to tell you.

Playing With Patience

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Extending Dynamics

Surrounded (Fight My Battles) is a song that builds forever. Jason shows you some ways you can extend songs like that with a solo acoustic leader.

Subdivisions Simplified, Part 1

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Maximize the Effect of a Single Bass Note

Depending on how you subdivide a bass note within a measure, you can subtly add energy to a phrase or bring it down. Daniel shows us how to utilize note subdivisions effectively within a song.

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 Practice

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Listen and Build

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

Golden Silence

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Maximize the effect of rests in your bass line

In this video, Daniel demonstrates the effective use of silence in a song to build anticipation and vary momentum.  A well-timed rest can set the stage for a powerful moment. 

Acoustic Christmas Instrumentals

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Full lessons available

Whether for the stage or for the family, these acoustic instrumentals will brighten anyone's holiday. Learn them in time for Christmas eve.

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 Create Chord Instrumentals

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Turn that acoustic guitar into a lead instrument with simple chord changes.

Ever wonder what to do when the instrumental roles around and you don't have a lead instrument? Here are some ideas on using the chord changes as the instrumental.

Beat the Bass Buzz

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Quiet that house power hum.

Sometimes house power can give a nasty hum when you take your hands off the bass.  Daniel shares an easy trade secret to keep it quiet.

 

Tasteful Delay on Bass

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How to Use it Effectively

Delay on a bass certainly isn't for every song. But here's how it's used effectively in King Of My Heart.

That Lightbulb Moment

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Stop playing in the dark

Learning a new instrument is like feeling through the dark, trying to turn on a light you aren't sure exists. I'm here to tell you it exists and this is what it feels like.

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.