When Jared's life took him in a different direction we began frantically searching for another good-looking drum instructor whose name begins with the letter "J". Lo and behold our search brought us Josh Ward and we couldn't be happier.
By way of introduction I asked him all the same questions I asked everyone else. (Creative, I know). Ladies and gentlemen, Josh Ward.
So here we go again. Get ready for some hard hitting questions. How did you get involved in playing worship music? I started filling in on the Sunday morning rotation at my church, which was a more traditional style of worship. My church also had a Tuesday night service for the college age group and older that was a contemporary style of worship. After a long time of bugging the worship leader to let me play in that service, the time finally came when their drummer was out one night and he gave me my shot. Ever since I played that night, I've been staying busy in the worship scene around my local area. So the short answer to this question is, Church!
I always loved the drums. Something about being the one to set the groove and to carry the song just inspired me.
What drew you to your instrument? I actually started out playing the trumpet when I was very young, and continued to play into middle school and my first year of high school, but I always loved the drums. Something about being the one to set the "groove" and to carry the song just inspired me. I got my first drum set when I was in the 6th grade and I've been playing ever since.
Okay so you're the one that carries the song, so what's the difference between a drummer and a pizza? A pizza can feed a family of four. I've heard that one before.
It's still funny. Speaking of funny, describe your most embarrassing musical moment. I was playing a worship gig once and soundcheck went great. After soundcheck, the worship leader wanted to change the click tracks from being separate tracks and fade them into one continuous track. Well, time came to play that night and the transition break from the first song to the second song wasn't quite as long as he'd thought it was. He talked over his intro and we spent most of that second song trying to find the downbeat while hundreds of students glared at us. Good times!!
Best advice? It's not about WHAT you can play but HOW you play it.
So when you're not teaching people to be awesome at drums, what are you doing? I love spending time with my wife Rosie and son Amos, as well as recording local musicians in my home studio.
So what should people expect from your lessons? I think music is supposed to be fun. It's not necessarily "easy" but it doesn't need to be scary. I'm looking forward to teaching grooves in a way that anyone can learn them but also equip players with skills to continue to grow.
And that's why you are such a great fit for Worship Artistry! One last question, where did you learn that sweet finishing move you put on Jared? Huh?
Nevermind. The cool thing about the drum lessons is that Jared's lessons aren't going anywhere so we already have a nice head start. Josh's lessons are are going to be released alongside every new guitar lesson and will be available starting this week with Hillsong United's "Touch The Sky". Check it out this Friday! If you're not signed up for a drum account, you can do it here. Not sure if Josh is a good drum teacher? I can vouch for him. Check out the video below to see what he taught me then drop into the comments section to give him a Worship Artistry community welcome.