The Greenroom

How To Play Auxiliary Keys

Strategically Supportive Sounds

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.

How To Create Stacks In Omnisphere

Customize your zones in both standard and 'live/stack' modes.

Combine sounds and customize complex regions on your keyboard. Ryan walks us through the process of creating stacks to shape your unique tone using Omnisphere and the OmniTR app.

 

Worshipping From The Heart

Ryan digs into what it means to worship from the heart, soul, mind, and strength.

Worship is debated, talked about, discussed. And something that is happening all the time. In fact it’s something that every person on earth does. Everyone worships something! Over the next few weeks, I want to explore what exactly worship is and how it affects both our daily lives and corporate gatherings. 

How To Conduct Auditions

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

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

Download your patches and upgrade your keyboard sound.

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

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

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.

Producer Session with Loop Community

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.

Whole Heart Solo Keyboard Walkthrough

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.

Understanding Intervals

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

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. 

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

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

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.