Be A Better Musician.

Welcome to the Green Room. This is a place for those who desire to be better musicians, better worship leaders and overall better people. It's a place to help one another grow. At Worship Artistry we bring our best by helping you bring yours so let's talk.

The Greenroom

Go Ahead And Lose It

Guitar
Just Find It Again

If you've ever lost your mind trying to nail a part. You are not alone. Take a lesson from the end of this video and know there is nothing fake about this moment.

What Makes A Great Song Great?

Worship Leading
Episode #23

Jason and Daniel talk rhyming the word "African", learning from themselves and theology in song choice. Vice President of Publishing for Centricity Music, Chad Segura joins the show to discuss what makes a song great. Great stuff on this episode. 

How To Receive Ministry As A Minister

Worship Leading
Podcast Episode #22

It's easy to get so caught up serving that we can lose our ability to receive ministry. How can we expect to give out when we take no time to fill up? In this podcast Jason and Daniel share their own experiences with this and how they find life in their ministry.

Chord Chart Conundrum

Keyboard
Sheet Music Simplified

Chord charts or lead sheets?  Every situation is different, every musician is different. In order to best suit your needs, understand the unique purposes for types of sheet music.

Step Outside Your Genre

Drums
Try Out A New Style

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

Tasteful Delay on Bass

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.

Stay Sharp

Keyboard
4 Ways to Sharpen from the Start

Every once in a while I’m reminded of how important it is to stay musically sharp and just how easy it is to become musically dull.  This can happen especially with worship music. 

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Know When It's Worth It

Guitar
Because Sometimes It's Not

This week I taught the song God Is On The Move. It's a guitar heavy tune that you'll probably hear at your missions conference for years to come. Things were cruising along nicely...and then this happened.

How NOT To Set Up A Bass Amp EQ

Bass
Strike A Balance

Even if you're a talented bass player, an imbalanced EQ can make it sound like you have something to hide.  Here's where to start before you adjust those frequencies.  

Groovy Ghosts

Drums
Add Some Feeling To Your Groove

A good drummer can keep a beat, but an awesome drummer has the ability to give a song feeling.  They know how and when to throw ghost notes and up beats in the mix, all to make a groove, well...groove.

How To Adapt Lessons For Your Band

Guitar
Lessons For The Big Band

I totally get why churches like to have large bands. It helps get volunteers involved and strips down how much each person needs to learn. These are valid reasons but musically speaking, more than a five piece is overkill. In fact, half the people in a large band never make it into the house mix.  (Your sound person won't tell you this but go ahead and try and pick out each instrument in the house mix) So how do you "add" parts to a Worship Artistry lesson? There are three main approaches.

Hardware Vs. Software

Keyboard
Don't Get Left High And Dry

Have you ever worked all night on a paper only to have the power go out and realize you didn't save your work? It's gut-wrenching! Now imagine that happened on stage! Keyboard players don't have to be at the mercy of their equipment. Let's compare hardware vs. software rigs and see how we can mitigate disaster.

5 Ways To Turn Your Worship Band Into A Worship Team

Worship Leading
There's no "I" in Worship Team...oh wait.

It’s interesting that while groups of musicians that play together are called "bands," worship bands are referred to as “teams.”  Maybe it’s because logistically our lineups are always changing or because the team actually encompasses more than one band.  I like the idea that the worship team actually functions like one.  Here are 5 ways to turn your worship band into a team.

Playing With Octaves

Bass

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 Think A Few Steps Ahead

Keyboard
Mental Multitasking

This week I recorded one of the more challenging songs for keyboardists. Alive by Hillsong Young and Free is a synth workout. You definitely need to bring your A-game if you want to pull this off. If you think ahead while you play, though, it's all yours.

Get the Loop Sound

Drums
A Few Tricks for the Tone in 'Come Alive'

You don't have to use a loop in Come Alive to get that same tight sound.  Josh shows us how.

How To Learn Songs By Ear

Guitar
Rhythm Guitar Version

Being able to figure out any song comes with a lot of experience, but there is a process and a few tricks you can use along the way to help you develop your own ear. Here’s my approach for learning a song from scratch.

How To Roll With The Punches

Keyboard
Float Like A Butterfly

As we all know, there are times when things don't happen the way we expect. A bass player doesn't show up. A cable is on the fritz. The tracks die. But what do you do when things don't go according to plan?

Billie Jean Groove

Bass
Billie Jean in worship? Absolutely.

Great music transcends genre.  Daniel teaches us how to slip in a groove of one of the best into our worship set.

Learn It By Heart

Drums
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.