We've been hinting for awhile we are adding new instruments to Worship Artistry. What better way to get to know the new teachers than by having them dish on their teaching philosophies and most embarrassing moments? First up we welcome Daniel Ornellas on bass.
Daniel has played with the likes of Brenton Brown, Paul Baloche, Tree 63, The Worship Republic...the list goes on. He's also originally from South Africa so he is by far the coolest sounding Worship Artistry teacher. As a way of introducing Daniel, I thought I'd ask him a few personal questions.
How did you get involved with playing worship music? I grew up in Cape Town, South Africa as the son of a pastor in a musical family, so it was inevitable that I would end up playing on the worship team.
Music is more art than math.
The number of guitarists covering bass seems to outnumber actual bass players. What led you to choose bass as your primary instrument? I went on a youth camp in Zimbabwe and there was a great bassist that led worship from the bass and got me fired up to learn the bass. He was way cooler than the guitarist...
Can you briefly describe your teaching philosophy? I believe that music is more like art than math and so the simpler you approach the song, the more chance you have of letting the song breathe. I want my students to be fans of music more than fans of the bass. That way they use the bass to make the music awesome as opposed to making the music an opportunity show off all their bass tricks. Students who love music and love the instrument are inspired to come back every day to master it because they want to contribute from a place of skill and knowledge. I'm just here to give them the tools to achieve that.
Best advice? Play for the song! Music is a team sport.
Alright, time to get personal. What was your most embarrassing moment playing music? Ok, so my bass amp broke just as my family started playing at a massive concert. It was just acoustic guitar, bass and vocals and I just decided to jump on the drum kit that was on the stage and play drums instead. What I didn't realize was that the two worship songs my dad had chosen to play were a shuffle. It never went well!! My dad eventually shouted at me to “GET OFF THE KIT!!” much to my disastrous embarrassment!
Where can I find you when you aren't playing music? Hanging with my wife and two kids or if I've got the opportunity, surfing.
Anything else you'd like to say to our community? Yes! Bass isn't just a big guitar. If you learn to play it well, it gives the band a heartbeat. I really believe Worship Artistry is an incredible music teaching tool and can't wait to incorporate bass into it. These lessons are going to blow your mind! You can do it! Sign up to my email list below to be the first to know when they go live.
I Want To Be Awesome!
I couldn't have said it better myself. The comment section is open so please give Daniel a warm welcome. He'll be happy to answer any questions you may have.