The Greenroom

Paramount Preparation 

There's No Substitute

Preparation has been on my heart lately. So pull up a seat and a cup of your favorite joe or a tall glass of sweet tea. It's time to ruffle some feathers.

Keeping the Mix In Mind

A few months back I had the opportunity to play for a live night of worship in which the setup included an auxiliary percussionist. It kept me on my toes, as he was one more sound in the mix I needed to be careful not to play over. 

Snareweight M1

Small In Size, Mighty In Mass

I have found one more little dampening gizmo I thought you guys might like -- the M1 from Snareweight.

Drummer Austin Davis 

Kari Jobe's drummer shares the gear he uses out on the road.

Josh gets a gear rundown from Austin Davis, drummer for Kari Jobe.

Step Outside Your Genre

Try Out A New Style

While walking the streets of good ol' New Orleans,I couldn't help but notice not just how many musicians, but how many types of musicians there were playing on the street corners.  It just got me thinking about how important it is to dive into all types of genres of music in order to experience and appreciate them. 

Groovy Ghosts

Add Some Feeling To Your Groove

A good drummer can keep a beat, but an awesome drummer has the ability to give a song feeling.  They know how and when to throw ghost notes and up beats in the mix, all to make a groove, well...groove.

Get the Loop Sound

A Few Tricks for the Tone in 'Come Alive'

You don't have to use a loop in Come Alive to get that same tight sound.  Josh shows us how.

Tom Tamer

Add this technique to the tacs and tape in your tom toolbox.

I get asked a good bit about dampening options and what's the best product. Here's another trick to dampen your rack tom. 

How to Go from Good to Great Drumming with Garrett Goodwin

Episode #16

Why do some guys get all the calls to play? Carrie Underwood touring drummer Garrett Goodwin joins the show to talk about that little bit extra that takes you from good to great. Jason and Dan continue to be their ridiculous selves and discuss leading a team when you're the youngest member.

Drum Fill Favorite

Try this linear fill this week

We all have that 'favorite fill,' so this week I'm talking about one of my favorites. Come check it out!

Playing Drums On The Offense

Which Side Are You On?

How many of you have had a rehearsal or even a Sunday morning church gathering sneak up on you? I know it has happened to me before and I’ve felt very unprepared and that’s just a bad feeling. This week I want to talk about playing offensively and defensively.

How To Read Your Worship Leader

Fix Your Eyes...

Where should our eyes be when we are behind the kit? Well personally my eyes are glued to the worship leader. What do we look at them for, you ask? I'm so glad you asked!! Let's chat about it!!

My Chains Are Gone

But The Groove Isn't

This week I did a lesson for the song "Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)" by Chris Tomlin. This recording doesn't actually have any drums in it so I decided to write a drum part.  Sometimes when we play songs in a worship set depending on the mood and situation they may need some subtle movement behind them. Below are the two main things I listen for when I have to add drums or percussion to a song that originally doesn't have any on it.

Drum Community Forum

Get In Sync

I know I'm not the only drummer with a wide breadth of experience in this community. Time to tap into some collective wisdom. Feel free to ask questions or respond to the questions and comments of another. This thread is built for you so let's make each other better.

How To Choose A Drum Head

In last weeks post, Paul Mabury talked about ways to tune your kit to fit the room that you're playing in. One of the critical points to that lesson is the type of drum heads that you choose. Whether you put clear or coated heads on your drums can make all the difference in the world, so let's talk about which heads give you that warm sound Paul was preaching. 

Paul Mabury Quick Take

Church drumming is different.

Paul Mabury is the MAN in worship drumming circles. He's played for Tomlin, Hillsong and One Sonic Society among many others and produced countless more. When you get the opportunity to hang with him, you pull out the camera and let him drop some quick knowledge on your Worship Artistry peeps.

Drumtac Demo

The Skinny on the Black Dots

Hey guys! I've had some questions about what these black dots are on my drum heads. Here is a quick demonstration of what these little guys are and what they do. Without further ado, I give you.. "Drumtacs".