The Greenroom

Subdivisions Simplified, Part 1

Maximize the Effect of a Single Bass Note

Depending on how you subdivide a bass note within a measure, you can subtly add energy to a phrase or bring it down. Daniel shows us how to utilize note subdivisions effectively within a song.

How to Really Listen to a Song

Develop Your Musical Ear

Most people listen to music when they are doing something else.  If we musicians want to become better at our craft, we need to learn the art of critical listening.

How To Practice

Listen and Build

I prepare the same way for any size setlist. First and foremost, put the sticks DOWN.

Golden Silence

Maximize the effect of rests in your bass line

In this video, Daniel demonstrates the effective use of silence in a song to build anticipation and vary momentum.  A well-timed rest can set the stage for a powerful moment. 

Acoustic Christmas Instrumentals

Full lessons available

Whether for the stage or for the family, these acoustic instrumentals will brighten anyone's holiday. Learn them in time for Christmas eve.

Two Crucial Keys to Memorization

Chain, Chain, Chains... Chains and Cues

For years I’ve heard the debate about whether church musicians should use sheet music, chord charts, and music stands during a service. I have my own thoughts on this topic, but one thing is certain: the ability to memorize and recall music is an indispensable tool for every musician. Whether it’s a ‘four chord and a capo’ worship song or a 30-page classical piano solo, this is a skill every musician should develop. Here's how.

How To Create Chord Instrumentals

Turn that acoustic guitar into a lead instrument with simple chord changes.

Ever wonder what to do when the instrumental roles around and you don't have a lead instrument? Here are some ideas on using the chord changes as the instrumental.

Beat the Bass Buzz

Quiet that house power hum.

Sometimes house power can give a nasty hum when you take your hands off the bass.  Daniel shares an easy trade secret to keep it quiet.
 

Tasteful Delay on Bass

How to Use it Effectively

Delay on a bass certainly isn't for every song. But here's how it's used effectively in King Of My Heart.

That Lightbulb Moment

Stop playing in the dark

Learning a new instrument is like feeling through the dark, trying to turn on a light you aren't sure exists. I'm here to tell you it exists and this is what it feels like.

Is Your Internal Clock Calibrated?

Recalibrate with this fun exercise.

Tracks can be a great addition to our worship gatherings but I feel like we can lean on them a bit too much. I want to challenge you to work on your internal timing with this simple exercise.

Riffs at the Ready

Pull them out when you need them.

Learn these versatile 1 chord to 5 chord riffs from Phil Wickham's Living Hope but keep them in your back pocket for other songs.  They fit with quarter or eighth note bass lines and in slow or faster tempos.  Handy little transitions to keep around in your bass toolkit.  

Learn It By Heart

Learn It For Your Heart

When I see drummers glued to a music stand, the vibe seems stiff. If we practice until we know the songs backward and forward, when we play at worship, we can climb in to the songs and be a part of them.

Playing With Octaves

Octaves are a fundamental part of playing bass. This chromatic exercise will help you learn how to play octaves so that you can bring them in effectively at just the right moment.

How To Get That Reversed Snare Sound

No Technology Necessary

When I was preparing for David Crowder's "My Victory," I quickly realized that I had to get creative. When you listen to this song, pay attention to all of the production within this track. There are a lot of sampled sounds that you can't reproduce on an acoustic kit but there are some that you can get close to even if electronics aren't available. 

Practice With A Drummer

Better Together

If you only ever play on your own or in a full band you are missing out. Bass guitar is only a part of the rhythm section. In order to really grow you need to spend time with just a drummer to work out grooves and patterns that are fun to play and also have real world application. 

Whole Heart Solo Keyboard Walkthrough

Lead with Keys on this Passion Tune

Perhaps you're stripping down to an acoustic set but still want to include Whole Heart on the set list. If keys are leading solo, Ryan shows us how to fill out the sound and lead on piano for Kristian Stanfill's Whole Heart.

How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Key of Bb

Develop a strange love for this awkward key.

When the worship leader starts a sentence with “We’re going to change this song from the key A to the key of…” we hold our breath, instinctively hoping for E, D, C, or G. Unfortunately, that sentence usually finishes with something like “…Bb"