This past week we brought a new drummer into the rotation at my church. He's a younger kid and he's got a lot of potential. He's been playing in the youth group for a few years and doing awesome, so he finally got the chance to sit in the hot seat in "big church." (C'mon, y'all know you used to call it that.)
I sat in on the Wednesday night rehearsal to observe, help, and make sure he felt comfortable with the kit, his in-ear mix, and the click. While spending time with him, there were a couple of spots on a song that I added some input and advice to help the overall feel of the song and to simplify the groove. He was so open to the advice and understood where I was coming from to help the song. This really impressed me and I have even more respect for this guy now.
There's more going on than the rhythm we're playing.
I have worked with drummers in the same situation and sometimes they push back on the advice given or just don't listen. There's more going on than the rhythm we're playing. A huge part of the seat we sit in is looking at the big picture or the whole song and what we need to play to support the whole song, rather than simply playing what we think sounds good.
You will get so far by always being respectful, having a good attitude, working hard, and staying humble.
Playing on a worship team is one more opportunity to refine the way we both treat others and respond to the way others treat us. If the worship leader or another, more experienced band member has an idea or advice, always be open and willing to listen. Let them fully explain before coming back with an opposing idea. Always be respectful, with a good attitude.
If you're a guy or gal who is trying to take your playing to the next level, you will get so far by always being respectful, having a good attitude, working hard, and staying humble. If you are a leader with experience to share, do so with that same humility and respect. As important as it is to play well, serve the song, and lead the gathering in worship, our interactions with each other truly show whether we believe the lyrics of the songs we're leading. The new drummer did great Sunday, by the way. He'll definitely be on the schedule again.