Step Outside Your Genre

Drums
Try Out A New Style

This past weekend I took a trip to good ol' New Orleans. While walking the streets I couldn't help but notice not just how many musicians, but how many types of musicians there were playing on the street corners.

There were so many different genres, like jazz on one corner, blues on this corner or even folk on the opposing corner.  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.

Music Appreciation 101

As a worship drummer, it's important to have a working knowledge of different genres because many different types of music fall under the umbrella of what we consider to be 'worship music.'  Rend Collective has as a "folky" type groove, then you have Hillsong Y&F with the hip-hop / dance vibe.  Then think of all of the Christmas worship albums with a jazzy/ragtime vibe.  Some Christmas worship tunes have that softer sound on which you might use brushes. You may not even enjoy a certain type of music but when you respect and internalize that genre, you'll be able to deliver if you are ever in a position to have to play that style.

Conclusion

This coming weekend I'm actually playing on a live worship album and it's a synth/organic vibe that they're going for. I've been studying that style of music so that I have plenty of ideas to bring to the table. This week I encourage you and challenge you to step outside of your typical listening genre and do some exploring. It can only expand your musical breadth and enhance your versatility. Have a great week and rock on!

My Lighthouse

Little bit of alternate tuning on acoustic and we added some other instrumentation on lead.
Simple folk-ish tune!
I taught all the little licks but you can strip it down and play it more simply if you like.
Accordion time
Song Key: 
C
BPM: 
109

Wake

Who knew 4 chords could be so much fun?
Get your dance on. This thing pumps.
4 Chords, Same sequence but great energy!
Dancy dance
Song Key: 
G
BPM: 
130

Adore

Lots of picking and some mandolin on guitar.
Break out those brushes!!
Very straight forward with straight groove.
Laid back piano ballad!
Album: 
Adore
Song Key: 
C
BPM: 
86

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Quest for Great Sounding Drums

I have recently reskinned my drums but only the batter heads. I only use a 14" Snare, 12" Rack Tom and a 14" Floor Tom. Both the toms now have 2-ply coated batter heads (Evans 12" Onyx Head; Evans 14" Super Tough Coated) and I'm loving the darker/warmer tones and shortened sustained but I still don't know which resonant heads to use to enhance those tones and shorten those sustains even more. If someone could maybe throw me some suggestions that would be great! Plus which cymbals are considered warmer? (Concerning a crash and a ride and hi-hat) Thanks for the great videos and discussions!

Quest for Great Sounding Drums

I have recently reskinned my drums but only the batter heads. I only use a 14" Snare, 12" Rack Tom and a 14" Floor Tom. Both the toms now have 2-ply coated batter heads (Evans 12" Onyx Head; Evans 14" Super Tough Coated) and I'm loving the darker/warmer tones and shortened sustained but I still don't know which resonant heads to use to enhance those tones and shorten those sustains even more. If someone could maybe throw me some suggestions that would be great! Plus which cymbals are considered warmer? (Concerning a crash and a ride and hi-hat) Thanks for the great videos and discussions!