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.
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!