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Our Recommended Rigs & Gear

Acoustic Guitar

When it comes to acoustic guitar, pick up the nicest guitar you can afford and add everything else later. I've included a number of good beginner options that won't break the bank but play well enough to not chase you away from guitar forever.

Amps

Loudbox Mini

zZounds

If you have a good PA system, an acoustic amp is redundant, but if you need something small and simple that sounds good this is a great little amp. It's got plenty of kick and also can handle a microphone so it's great for small worship environments and can also double as a monitor on a larger stage.

Loudbox Artist

zZounds

The Artist acoustic is Fishman's next step up from the mini. It features twice the juice as the mini and includes additional effects like delay, chorus and flanger. I think the main reason for the step up is the additional volume you get for bigger venues but for most church musicians the mini is plenty.

Metronomes

Pro Metronome for iPhone

App Store

If you've already got an iPhone this little app has what you need for practice. It's plenty customizable (pay the few bucks for the paid version) and has some great rhythm trainer features. Phone apps use the phone's clock which isn't good for recording but works just fine for practicing. Try the free version and make sure it's what you want.

Boss DB-90 Dr. Beat

Amazon

You see this full-featured metronome in all our bass and guitar videos. Where do we begin? Tap tempo, customizable subdivisions with easy to use slider interface, multiple voices including human voice counting, midi and quarter inch cable input so you can practice with headphones in and still hear you guitar. Includes a handy drum hardware connection. It's top of the line but you'll never need another metronome.

Pro Metronome For Android

Google Play

If you've already got a phone, this little app has what you need for practice. It's plenty customizable (pay the few bucks for the paid version) and has some great rhythm trainer features. Phone apps use the phone's clock which isn't good for recording but works just fine for practicing. Try the free version and make sure it's what you want.

Tama Rhythm Watch

zZounds

The RW200 is a programmable metronome with plenty of volume and easy to use dials and plenty of volume. Built specifically for drummers but a nice substitute for the DB-90 if you want to save some coin.

My Rig

Martin 000-28ec

zZounds

This is my baby. I've never played a guitar I like better. The tone across the strings is nice and even and 10 years in I still hear the tone improving. I'm not really a "Martin guy" but I love this guitar. Even my wife noticed the difference in room full of Martins and Collings'.

Fishman Matrix Pickup

zZounds

This is the updated version of my pickup. It's a little more versatile with the solid Fishman reliability.

Power Adapter

zZounds

Nine volt batteries are expensive and if you are going to be playing live you will need at least a stomp box tuner. Spend a little cash up front and save in the long run. This universal nine volt adapter will work with any nine volt pedal.

Multiplug

Amazon

The Trutone Multi-plug cable extends your one adapter to handle 5 pedals. If you have more pedals than that on your beginner rig you either have too many pedals or belong in the intermediate club.

Boss Bass EQ

Musician's Friend

Why bass eq and not guitar eq? The larger frequency range allows you to drop the boxy 500 range and still boost the bass so if you have don't have a bass player you don't sound empty but if you are playing with a band you can still blend into the mix. Other guitarists are shocked when they hear the difference in the tone. It also has a gain slider to help you boost low signal. I'd personally take it over any of the fancy "acoustic specific" DI's.

TC Helicon Harmony G XT

zZounds

This is a tuner and vocal harmonizer in one. I got this before the "Play Acoustic" came out. (See my wishlist). It handles vocal harmonies, vocal doubling and includes reverb and delay effects. The presets are a nice feature but my favorite is the tone button which adds vocal compression and scoops the eq to create a great vocal tone. Still, I'd get the "Play Acoustic" if I didn't already have this.

Beginner Guitars

Yamaha FG800

zZounds

Believe it or not, I've never been disappointed with a Yamaha acoustic. A great roommate to have while you search for your soulmate.

Epiphone Hummingbird Pro

zZounds

Solid top. Pretty look. Great (if a little fancy) beginner guitar.

Ibanez AW400

zZounds

Solid top and well put together. This guitar is both beautiful and has sustain often missing from guitars in this price range.

The Loar LO-16

Amazon

Love the size and feel of this one. If you are just starting out it's a great little guitar for the price.

Acoustic Pickups You Won't Hate

Fishman Matrix Pickup

zZounds

This is the updated version of my pickup. It's a little more versatile with the solid Fishman reliability.

LR Baggs Soundhole Pickup

zZounds

I love the way these sound. They are used by some of my favorite artists (including the 15 year old on my worship team). The only thing about them is they alter the look of your guitar but they so ubiquitous they might actually make them look cooler.

LR Baggs Anthem Tru Mic Pickup

zZounds

If this had been around when I bought my Martin, I would have definitely installed it. The ability to mix the mic and piezo to dial in just the right sound is what really sets it apart. I've gotten to play on one and came away very impressed.

Signal Chain

Boss TU-3 Tuner

zZounds

This is old faithful. It's been with me forever. I might be swayed by a Poly Tune 2 but I can't turn my back on this one. I'm pretty sure I could throw it full speed into a wall and it wouldn't be worse for wear.

Multiplug

Amazon

The Trutone Multi-plug cable extends your one adapter to handle 5 pedals. If you have more pedals than that on your beginner rig you either have too many pedals or belong in the intermediate club.

Boss Bass EQ

Musician's Friend

Why bass eq and not guitar eq? The larger frequency range allows you to drop the boxy 500 range and still boost the bass so if you have don't have a bass player you don't sound empty but if you are playing with a band you can still blend into the mix. Other guitarists are shocked when they hear the difference in the tone. It also has a gain slider to help you boost low signal. I'd personally take it over any of the fancy "acoustic specific" DI's.

TC Helicon Harmony G XT

zZounds

This is a tuner and vocal harmonizer in one. I got this before the "Play Acoustic" came out. (See my wishlist). It handles vocal harmonies, vocal doubling and includes reverb and delay effects. The presets are a nice feature but my favorite is the tone button which adds vocal compression and scoops the eq to create a great vocal tone. Still, I'd get the "Play Acoustic" if I didn't already have this.

Monster Cable

zZounds

Cables do actually make a difference. You might not notice it on its own but put my Monster Cable next to a Whirlwind and you can hear the difference. Monsters are a little pricey but they back it up with their guarantee.

Accessories

Power Adapter

zZounds

Nine volt batteries are expensive and if you are going to be playing live you will need at least a stomp box tuner. Spend a little cash up front and save in the long run. This universal nine volt adapter will work with any nine volt pedal.

Whilrlwind Guitar Cable

zZounds

A cheap cable will last long enough for you want to spend more money on cables. I've got a few old whirlwinds that still work great.

Planet Waves Capo

zZounds

If you play guitar, you need a capo. This one is low-profile and inexpensive. The adjustment screw allows you to adjust the tension so it's great for acoustics or electrics. It's not as easy to change position as some others but if you aren't performing, that won't be a problem.

G7th Newport Cut Capo

Amazon

A great little cut capo in the Newport style. Check the Green Room for tips on using one.

Monster Cable

zZounds

Cables do actually make a difference. You might not notice it on its own but put my Monster Cable next to a Whirlwind and you can hear the difference. Monsters are a little pricey but they back it up with their guarantee.

Everly Star Grip Picks

Guitar Center

I love these little guys. They feel great and are perfect for both picking and strumming.

G7th Capo

zZounds

I love this capo. Variable pressure and one-handed adjustment make it my go-to. It's so good I've considered driving home to get it rather than using my backup.

Elixir Phosphor Bronze Nanoweb Strings

zZounds

I've been using these strings for a long time. They are a little bright to when you first put them on but they settle in after a few days and last forever. I play a light 12 gauge.

Dunlop Knuckle Slide

Amazon

Since I rarely play songs with only a slide, the knuckle slide is perfect. It allows me to hit the slide parts and still chord easily. It's also great for slide beginners because it's not as bulky as a full size slide.

Wishlist

TC Helicon Play Acoustic Voice Processor

zZounds

Similar to the Harmony G XT, this little box has a few features that take it up a notch. My favorite is the ability to tweak the perfection of the vocals. Rather than jumping to each perfect note, you can set it to waver in pitch and slide into notes to make it sound more human.

LR Baggs Anthem Tru Mic Pickup

zZounds

If this had been around when I bought my Martin, I would have definitely installed it. The ability to mix the mic and piezo to dial in just the right sound is what really sets it apart. I've gotten to play on one and came away very impressed.

Vocal Training

Singing Success 360 Course

Singing Success

You've heard about Singing Success on our podcast a few times. This is a foundational course. It features nearly 30 hours of instruction and exercise that's easy to customize to your focus. The exercises create muscle memory and help you build muscle control, extend your range and develop your style. You can buy the full CD set or simply download it for a significant discount.

Vocal Lessons

Singing Success

Shelby can be heard on our podcast. She's down to earth, encouraging and can clearly sing. You can hear her working Jason over on the Worship Artistry podcast. If you've already got the 360 course and need some guidance, she is a great resource. You can find her under the "Book Now" link.

Electric Guitar

When it comes to gear, you generally get what you pay for. Finding that right balance of quality and value can be tricky. Along with my own rig I've put together a high-quality and relatively inexpensive pedalboard to get you started. You can spend the rest of your day checking out the cool pedals section. Most of the links have video demos. 

Metronomes

Pro Metronome for iPhone

App Store

If you've already got an iPhone this little app has what you need for practice. It's plenty customizable (pay the few bucks for the paid version) and has some great rhythm trainer features. Phone apps use the phone's clock which isn't good for recording but works just fine for practicing. Try the free version and make sure it's what you want.

Boss DB-90 Dr. Beat

Amazon

You see this full-featured metronome in all our bass and guitar videos. Where do we begin? Tap tempo, customizable subdivisions with easy to use slider interface, multiple voices including human voice counting, midi and quarter inch cable input so you can practice with headphones in and still hear you guitar. Includes a handy drum hardware connection. It's top of the line but you'll never need another metronome.

Pro Metronome For Android

Google Play

If you've already got a phone, this little app has what you need for practice. It's plenty customizable (pay the few bucks for the paid version) and has some great rhythm trainer features. Phone apps use the phone's clock which isn't good for recording but works just fine for practicing. Try the free version and make sure it's what you want.

Tama Rhythm Watch

zZounds

The RW200 is a programmable metronome with plenty of volume and easy to use dials and plenty of volume. Built specifically for drummers but a nice substitute for the DB-90 if you want to save some coin.

My Rig

Seymour Duncan Jerry Donahue Bridge Pickup

Guitar Center

My guitar was built by one of my students so you'll never be able to get the exact same thing, but if you are looking for the tone, the pickups are a big part of it. I'll put this pickup up against tele bridge pickup on the market. It's a little hotter and rounder that a standard tele and mixes great with the mini bucker I have have in the neck position.

Seymour Duncan SM--3 Minibucker

Musician's Friend

I like a little warmer tone in the neck position but a humbucker can be a little overwhelming on a tele. This mini-bucker is just right and mixes perfectly with the Jerry Donahue bridge pickup.

Palisades

zZounds

You've seen me use this in a ton of lessons. It's essentially every version of an Ibanez Tube Screamer (they change over the years). It's incredibly versatile giving everything from clarifying overdrives to heavy, almost fuzz-like tones. The downside is that it takes awhile to get the hang of and requires a number of knob-tweaks to get different tones. I love it though.

Ernie Ball Junior Volume Pedal

zZounds

Okay, this isn't actually on my rig but it would be if I didn't already have a perfectly good volume pedal. Get this one if you need one. It's great. Smooth action and well-weighted.

organizer

zZounds

This is my octave pedal. I did a full demo of it in the Green Room. I like its ease of use and straight forward control. It's unique enough to stand apart from other octave pedals but still handles everything you need it to.

Boss TU-3 Tuner

zZounds

This is old faithful. It's been with me forever. I might be swayed by a Poly Tune 2 but I can't turn my back on this one. I'm pretty sure I could throw it full speed into a wall and it wouldn't be worse for wear.

Dispatchmaster

zZounds

You've seen me use this a ton in the lessons. The delay and reverb combo is perfect to my liking. My only issue is the lack of tap tempo though it's not a problem in the studio. Man, the tone on this thing...

George L Effects Cable Kit

zZounds

I like getting my board just right and these George L's are solder less, small, and give you plenty of cable to work with.

Monster Cable

zZounds

Cables do actually make a difference. You might not notice it on its own but put my Monster Cable next to a Whirlwind and you can hear the difference. Monsters are a little pricey but they back it up with their guarantee.

Accessories

George L Effects Cable Kit

zZounds

I like getting my board just right and these George L's are solder less, small, and give you plenty of cable to work with.

PCS-20A Parallel DC Cord

zZounds

This one needs the Boss Tuner to work but you can get one that goes directly from the power adapter by Trutone.

Monster Cable

zZounds

Cables do actually make a difference. You might not notice it on its own but put my Monster Cable next to a Whirlwind and you can hear the difference. Monsters are a little pricey but they back it up with their guarantee.

Everly Star Grip Picks

Guitar Center

I love these little guys. They feel great and are perfect for both picking and strumming.

G7th Capo

zZounds

I love this capo. Variable pressure and one-handed adjustment make it my go-to. It's so good I've considered driving home to get it rather than using my backup.

Ebow

zZounds

This isn't a necessity but it's a fun little tool to have in your bag of tricks. It's an electronic magnet that vibrates the string indefinitely. I first heard Stu G use it on "Obsession" but since then you can find it on a number of songs on the site. "How He Loves" comes to mind.

Beginner Guitars

Bullet Strat

zZounds

It looks cool and is cheap. When you are just starting out don't waste money on an awesome guitar. Instead buy this little guy and get a decent "setup" with a good guitar tech and you'll be happy long enough to know you want to keep rolling with this guitar thing.

Practice Amps

Blackstar 10w 2x5

zZounds

I wish these had been around when I first started. (It was darn near impossible to make a Peavey Rage sound good). It has enough decent sounding amp models and effects to keep you busy until you are ready to start playing out.

Blackstar 20w 2x10

zZounds

Same as the 2x5 with a little more juice. Would be worth it if you are going to be practicing with other players.

The Inexpensive Starter Board

Ernie Ball Junior Volume Pedal

zZounds

Okay, this isn't actually on my rig but it would be if I didn't already have a perfectly good volume pedal. Get this one if you need one. It's great. Smooth action and well-weighted.

Power Adapter

zZounds

Nine volt batteries are expensive and if you are going to be playing live you will need at least a stomp box tuner. Spend a little cash up front and save in the long run. This universal nine volt adapter will work with any nine volt pedal.

Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer

zZounds

You'll find this bright green pedal on nearly every professional board in the world. There have been different iterations and boutique companies like to create their own versions but for the price, this is what you want. You can sell it later and get something like the Palisades later when you know more about the tone you want.

Boss TU-3 Tuner

zZounds

This is old faithful. It's been with me forever. I might be swayed by a Poly Tune 2 but I can't turn my back on this one. I'm pretty sure I could throw it full speed into a wall and it wouldn't be worse for wear.

Memory Boy Delay

zZounds

I like the Memory Boy for its tone as well as its simple layout. Easy to get the tone you want and as with most EHX pedals you can get some weird stuff too. The ability to add an expression pedal and assign it easily is also a plus.

George L Effects Cable Kit

zZounds

I like getting my board just right and these George L's are solder less, small, and give you plenty of cable to work with.

PCS-20A Parallel DC Cord

zZounds

This one needs the Boss Tuner to work but you can get one that goes directly from the power adapter by Trutone.

Holy Grail Reverb

zZounds

There are a million reverbs out there but the Holy Grail gives you the one you want with one simple knob. Combined with a robust delay there's no ambient work you won't be able to do.

Performance Amps

Vox AC-15

zZounds

I love my AC-30 but if the AC-15 had a master volume when I was shopping it may have been a better purchase. Great Vox tone in a lighter package. As a church musician you'll probably never turn it up past "1".

Fender Hot Rod Deluxe III

zZounds

I started with this before I moved to Vox. It's a great little tube amp at the right price. Amps are all about preference but this is a go-to for many guitarists I know. I just dig that Vox tone a little more.

Vox AC-30

zZounds

I. LOVE. THIS. AMP. It's expensive. It's super heavy (75 lbs!). But the tone. Oh, the tone. You probably don't need one if you aren't touring or recording but I got it when I was and I'll never get rid of it. Check out the AC-15 (above) if you want something similar at a lighter weight and lower price point.

Amp Substitutes

Pod HD500X

zZounds

If your church has a good monitor system and you don't already own an amp and a bunch of pedals, this pedal is awesome. It has a ton of amp models and effects and it will keep your sound engineer happy with it's non-existent stage volume. Plus, no herniated discs carrying it around. You can even download the Worship Artistry patch for free. (Look for it in the Green Room.)

Boss GT-100

zZounds

The GT-100 Floor Amp and Effects pedal is a competitor with the Pod HD500X. It has load of amps and effects that are clearly Boss. The dual screen and knob interface on the actual pedal is easier to use than the Pod but the Pod programming software wins on the desktop. The biggest differentiator is tone. The Pod has a more realistic and dirtier amp tone while the Boss gives you a pristine, more digital sounding tone. I personally prefer the POD for the same price but check out the demos and choose for yourself.

Cool Pedals

Palisades

zZounds

You've seen me use this in a ton of lessons. It's essentially every version of an Ibanez Tube Screamer (they change over the years). It's incredibly versatile giving everything from clarifying overdrives to heavy, almost fuzz-like tones. The downside is that it takes awhile to get the hang of and requires a number of knob-tweaks to get different tones. I love it though.

organizer

zZounds

This is my octave pedal. I did a full demo of it in the Green Room. I like its ease of use and straight forward control. It's unique enough to stand apart from other octave pedals but still handles everything you need it to.

Pod HD500X

zZounds

If your church has a good monitor system and you don't already own an amp and a bunch of pedals, this pedal is awesome. It has a ton of amp models and effects and it will keep your sound engineer happy with it's non-existent stage volume. Plus, no herniated discs carrying it around. You can even download the Worship Artistry patch for free. (Look for it in the Green Room.)

Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer

zZounds

You'll find this bright green pedal on nearly every professional board in the world. There have been different iterations and boutique companies like to create their own versions but for the price, this is what you want. You can sell it later and get something like the Palisades later when you know more about the tone you want.

Polytune Tuner

zZounds

The Poly Tune 2 is not only the right size for your board but the right size for your wallet. It's accurate and can even tune multiple strings at the same time.

Memory Boy Delay

zZounds

I like the Memory Boy for its tone as well as its simple layout. Easy to get the tone you want and as with most EHX pedals you can get some weird stuff too. The ability to add an expression pedal and assign it easily is also a plus.

Flashback Delay

zZounds

To me it's a toss-up between this guy and the Memory Boy. Both pack a lot of punch at this price point. The Flashback has a ton of different delays as well as TC Helicon's Tone Print technology. I also dig that you "tap" the tempo by strumming your strings. Pretty cool.

SP Compressor

zZounds

I love this little compressor. It's great to throw on both strumming and fingerpicking and the blend knob keeps you from sounding over compressed. It's on my wishlist so I'm hoping to move it to the "my rig" category shortly.

Boss GT-100

zZounds

The GT-100 Floor Amp and Effects pedal is a competitor with the Pod HD500X. It has load of amps and effects that are clearly Boss. The dual screen and knob interface on the actual pedal is easier to use than the Pod but the Pod programming software wins on the desktop. The biggest differentiator is tone. The Pod has a more realistic and dirtier amp tone while the Boss gives you a pristine, more digital sounding tone. I personally prefer the POD for the same price but check out the demos and choose for yourself.

Holy Grail Reverb

zZounds

There are a million reverbs out there but the Holy Grail gives you the one you want with one simple knob. Combined with a robust delay there's no ambient work you won't be able to do.

Wishlist

SP Compressor

zZounds

I love this little compressor. It's great to throw on both strumming and fingerpicking and the blend knob keeps you from sounding over compressed. It's on my wishlist so I'm hoping to move it to the "my rig" category shortly.

Vocal Training

Singing Success 360 Course

Singing Success

You've heard about Singing Success on our podcast a few times. This is a foundational course. It features nearly 30 hours of instruction and exercise that's easy to customize to your focus. The exercises create muscle memory and help you build muscle control, extend your range and develop your style. You can buy the full CD set or simply download it for a significant discount.

Vocal Lessons

Singing Success

Shelby can be heard on our podcast. She's down to earth, encouraging and can clearly sing. You can hear her working Jason over on the Worship Artistry podcast. If you've already got the 360 course and need some guidance, she is a great resource. You can find her under the "Book Now" link.

Bass

Everybody wants to know about gear. I love what I have and want you to love what you've got too. The main thing to know is how to make what you have sound good! Here is my setup along with some recommendations if you are just getting into bass.

Metronomes

Pro Metronome for iPhone

App Store

If you've already got an iPhone this little app has what you need for practice. It's plenty customizable (pay the few bucks for the paid version) and has some great rhythm trainer features. Phone apps use the phone's clock which isn't good for recording but works just fine for practicing. Try the free version and make sure it's what you want.

Boss DB-90 Dr. Beat

Amazon

You see this full-featured metronome in all our bass and guitar videos. Where do we begin? Tap tempo, customizable subdivisions with easy to use slider interface, multiple voices including human voice counting, midi and quarter inch cable input so you can practice with headphones in and still hear you guitar. Includes a handy drum hardware connection. It's top of the line but you'll never need another metronome.

Pro Metronome For Android

Google Play

If you've already got a phone, this little app has what you need for practice. It's plenty customizable (pay the few bucks for the paid version) and has some great rhythm trainer features. Phone apps use the phone's clock which isn't good for recording but works just fine for practicing. Try the free version and make sure it's what you want.

Tama Rhythm Watch

zZounds

The RW200 is a programmable metronome with plenty of volume and easy to use dials and plenty of volume. Built specifically for drummers but a nice substitute for the DB-90 if you want to save some coin.

My Rig

Boss TU-3 Tuner

zZounds

This is old faithful. It's been with me forever. I might be swayed by a Poly Tune 2 but I can't turn my back on this one. I'm pretty sure I could throw it full speed into a wall and it wouldn't be worse for wear.

Sansamp Bass DI Pre Amp

Amazon

I feel completely at a loss if I forget this guy at home. It is the basis of all my tone. I love this pedal and have used it on most every record I have done for the last 15 years. It gives you the ability to preset 3 different tones so with a click you change your vibe. "This is a mazing Grace" by Phil Wickham is a song that has this kind of change mid song. Its also good if you play more than one bass in a gig so you can get the exact EQ you want for each instrument.

Bluesman Vintage Deville

Bluesman Vintage

This is my "go to" bass. I pick up a lot of basses and this is the one that If I had to take one bass to a session would be my choice for sure. It has a rich warm woody tone that you would expect from a vintage p-bass. It is a 60's reissue built with all custom american parts in Tennessee. The bass has had a relic mod which means that they beat it up on purpose so it looks like a real old bass that has been gig worn for 40 years. It has custom bolt on neck and the neck feels like it comes off a really well played old bass.

Harmony Reissue H22

I love this bass for my organic sessions or if we have a motown vibe. It sounds thuddy and I have flat wound strings on it so no high end. The only high end tome is the woody sound of the bass which sounds a bit more like an upright bass. I love this bass for its big pillowy sound and its lack of sustain on the right songs. I also think it looks amazing!!!

Mike - E pre amp compressor

Musician's Friend

I use this piece of gear when I record. It smoothes out my playing with the compression and colors the tone with the pre amp. It is an a-class piece of outboard gear and makes things sound so much better.

Beginner Basses

Squire Vintage Indonesian bass

Musician's Friend

I am a sucker for these style of basses. I like the Jazz basses too and you may want to experiment with both the the Jazz and the Precision models of this bass to see which one you like more. The pickups are the biggest difference in the two models and the Jazz will give you a brighter less low mid heavy bass. For years I was a sworn fender guy because of the music that I loved growing up and the basses that were played on the amazing songs I heard from Motown to U2 to Delirious and the Police. I still love these basses and how they feel, look and sound.

Fender Made in Mexico

Sweetwater

This is the next level up in price and what you are really paying for is having the brand name Fender on your headstock as opposed to Squire. I know that can be important to some folks just the same as buying a pair of converse chucks or the knockoff brand. I do like these basses but they are not going to have the quality level that you would find in a USA made fender bass.

Fender Precision

zZounds

Made in America Fender basses are great instruments that hold their value well and if you want the most reliable of this family of basses the USA made will put you in good stead. If you are a pro working musician you will probably want something like this or the basses that have been inspired by this bass like Lakland or various other high end basses including my custom Bluesman Deville. Here's the most important thing to understand and remember about different range and models of Basses.

Fender Geddy Lee Jazz Bass

zZounds

This bass has a jazzier sound if you are looking for something a little different than the Fender P-bass. It's got great tone and is really playable.

The Extra's

Planet Waves Leather Straps

Musician's Friend

A good leather strap will always feel great. I have their extra skinny one with the neck pad and I love how it looks but it really bites in after a while of playing so if you have long sessions of playing get one with a broader strap especially if you have a heavy bass.

Planet Waves Picks

Musician's Friend

I use picks on a lot of the more driving rock based songs or percussive bass lines and the nylon and Duralin picks are my go-to's. I really like the tone as well as the consistency it gives my 8th and 16th notes. I play with the pick side on so it increases the surface area that hits the string and make sure if does not make too much of an extra click to the tone. Palm muting also adds a nice vibe when using a pick.

D'addario Strings

Amazon

I like old strings and the EXP 160 Coated Nickel Wound Bass, Medium, 50-105, Long Scale strings by D'addario. They sound warmer and I like that they loose the "gangy" sound that you get when you first put strings on a bass that I would not want in the music that I make. My Jazz bass hates old strings and just sounds bad with them on so it definitely varies bass to bass. The p-bass with old strings thing is a vibe that has been a "thing" for years. If you are into slap funk then newer strings would be a way to go for sure. So These sound good after a couple of months.

EHX Bass Big Muff

zZounds

I mentioned the EHX Russian Big Muff in the gear podcast. While those are hard to find nowadays, EHX has created a Big Muff fuzz specifically for the bassists. The different EQ settings are a huge win and you won't lose your presence when you kick it on. The price is right as well. If you're looking for a bass overdrive look no further.

Planet Waves American Stage Cables

zZounds

I have these cables because I was given them by Planet Waves and I have been surprised at how well these cables handle the road. They are the high end planet waves ones and do a great job in my chain.

Vox amPlug

zZounds

This little headphone amp is great for practice and not driving everyone around you crazy. You can put headphones on and even play mp3's through it so you can practice along. A great thing to have if you're just getting your feet wet with bass.

Vocal Training

Vocal Lessons

Singing Success

Shelby can be heard on our podcast. She's down to earth, encouraging and can clearly sing. You can hear her working Jason over on the Worship Artistry podcast. If you've already got the 360 course and need some guidance, she is a great resource. You can find her under the "Book Now" link.

Singing Success 360 Course

Singing Success

You've heard about Singing Success on our podcast a few times. This is a foundational course. It features nearly 30 hours of instruction and exercise that's easy to customize to your focus. The exercises create muscle memory and help you build muscle control, extend your range and develop your style. You can buy the full CD set or simply download it for a significant discount.

Drums

Hey guys! Here is a list of my "Go To" gear that I'm currently using. If you see something that you like you can grab it right from this page!

Metronomes

Pro Metronome for iPhone

App Store

If you've already got an iPhone this little app has what you need for practice. It's plenty customizable (pay the few bucks for the paid version) and has some great rhythm trainer features. Phone apps use the phone's clock which isn't good for recording but works just fine for practicing. Try the free version and make sure it's what you want.

Boss DB-90 Dr. Beat

Amazon

You see this full-featured metronome in all our bass and guitar videos. Where do we begin? Tap tempo, customizable subdivisions with easy to use slider interface, multiple voices including human voice counting, midi and quarter inch cable input so you can practice with headphones in and still hear you guitar. Includes a handy drum hardware connection. It's top of the line but you'll never need another metronome.

Pro Metronome For Android

Google Play

If you've already got a phone, this little app has what you need for practice. It's plenty customizable (pay the few bucks for the paid version) and has some great rhythm trainer features. Phone apps use the phone's clock which isn't good for recording but works just fine for practicing. Try the free version and make sure it's what you want.

Tama Rhythm Watch

zZounds

The RW200 is a programmable metronome with plenty of volume and easy to use dials and plenty of volume. Built specifically for drummers but a nice substitute for the DB-90 if you want to save some coin.

My Rig

Rhythm Tech -Tambourine

Rhythmtech

These guys have plenty of Tambourines to choose from but this is a personal favorite.

Snare Drum - Ludwig - Acrolite 14x5.5

Amazon

Great drum for a budget buy.

Snare Drum - Ludwig Centurian (bubinga) 14x6.5

This is my "Go To" snare. Love the tone and it's pretty versatile.

Snare Drum - Ludwig Supraphonic 14x5.5

Amazon

Supraphonic is an industry "Go To." I use this guy quite frequently and it is versatile.

Snare Head - Genera Dry / ST Dry

Amazon

Just like its name it will give you a little more dry/warm tone with less overtones.

Kick EMAD Coated Head

Amazon

This kick head gives you the same tone and feel as the G2 tom heads. I like it because I can adjust how much attack I get depending on the beater I use. You can do the same with a clear head as well don't get me wrong but I feel like I have more control with this one.

Big Fat Snare Drum - 14” Steve’s Donut Dampener

Big Fat Snare Drum

These nifty gizmos can make a horrible snare sound great. Just enough dampening to cut out any unwanted ring or over tone and they'll fatten out the sound as well. Definitely a good tool for the toolbox.

Sound Percussion - Red Wood Kick Drum Beater

Great for adding some attack.

Cymbal - Zildjian 22” K Light Ride (used as crash)

Guitar Center

Great cymbals for "playing to the room" and giving that darker feel to keep the bright highs out of the mix.

Sound Percussion Snare Stand

Amazon

Great stands for the budget.

Cymbal - Zildjian 24” K Light Ride

Guitar Center

Great cymbals for "playing to the room" and giving that darker feel to keep the bright highs out of the mix.

Evans Toms Heads - G2 Coated

Amazon

These heads really give you that deeper warm tone and they're great for keeping the bright sustains out of the mix.

Sticks - ProMark D’Addario - TXR5BW (5B) Natural Finish

Amazon

I love ProMark sticks. Nice balanced feel in every pair and the natural finish feels great and helps me hang on to them.

DW 5000 Kick Pedal

zZounds

My favorite kick pedal of all time so far. Smooth pedal with room for adjustment to fit your tension needs as well as durable.

Evans Toms Heads - G2 Coated (Genera)

Amazon

These snare heads favor the G2 tom heads. They give you a deeper/fatter tone and they tend to help cut out the ring or over tones.

Vick Firth - Steve Gadd Wire Brushes

Amazon

A good resource to have in your bag.

DW Collectors Series (Black Velvet Finish) Dimensions - 22x18 Kick, 12x9 Rack Tom, 16x16 Floor Tom

Musician's Friend

I've had this kit for at least 10 years and I love it. DW make great drums and they'll last a lifetime.

Gibraltar Throne

zZounds

This is a comfy little throne that won't break the bank.

Hardware - DW 9000 HiHat Stand

Musician's Friend

Talk about a smooth pedal. This is a super durable HH stand and it has a lot of adjusting room as far as tension goes.

Latin Percussion - Shakers

LP Music

A good little shaker to have in the bag. Latin Percussion products are great!

Paiste Twenty Series 16” Hats

Sweetwater

Not too bright and not too dark. These have worked well for me for quite some time now,

PDP Cymbal Stands

Musician's Friend

Great budget cymbal stand.

ProMark D’Addario - Broom Stick Brushes

Amazon

If you're looking for that low thuddy snare sound try these out. They're soft but still have the weight behind them to get some tone out of your drums.

Vocal Training

Vocal Lessons

Singing Success

Shelby can be heard on our podcast. She's down to earth, encouraging and can clearly sing. You can hear her working Jason over on the Worship Artistry podcast. If you've already got the 360 course and need some guidance, she is a great resource. You can find her under the "Book Now" link.

Singing Success 360 Course

Singing Success

You've heard about Singing Success on our podcast a few times. This is a foundational course. It features nearly 30 hours of instruction and exercise that's easy to customize to your focus. The exercises create muscle memory and help you build muscle control, extend your range and develop your style. You can buy the full CD set or simply download it for a significant discount.

Keyboard

I get asked all the time about my rig... especially about what I'm running on my iPad. So here's the low-down on my rig as well as gear to consider if you are a beginner or looking to upgrade!

Metronomes

Pro Metronome for iPhone

App Store

If you've already got an iPhone this little app has what you need for practice. It's plenty customizable (pay the few bucks for the paid version) and has some great rhythm trainer features. Phone apps use the phone's clock which isn't good for recording but works just fine for practicing. Try the free version and make sure it's what you want.

Boss DB-90 Dr. Beat

Amazon

You see this full-featured metronome in all our bass and guitar videos. Where do we begin? Tap tempo, customizable subdivisions with easy to use slider interface, multiple voices including human voice counting, midi and quarter inch cable input so you can practice with headphones in and still hear you guitar. Includes a handy drum hardware connection. It's top of the line but you'll never need another metronome.

Pro Metronome For Android

Google Play

If you've already got a phone, this little app has what you need for practice. It's plenty customizable (pay the few bucks for the paid version) and has some great rhythm trainer features. Phone apps use the phone's clock which isn't good for recording but works just fine for practicing. Try the free version and make sure it's what you want.

Tama Rhythm Watch

zZounds

The RW200 is a programmable metronome with plenty of volume and easy to use dials and plenty of volume. Built specifically for drummers but a nice substitute for the DB-90 if you want to save some coin.

My Rig

Nord Stage 2 EX

zZounds

It's RED! What more needs to be said? Ok, if you need more... it's a great keyboard in its own right. It's modular. Easy to use. Lightweight. And did I mention it's RED? I don't actually own one of these due to the $4500 price tag, but I am endorsed by Nord and I use this board weekly at my church. It's a great board for beginners to learn on!

Omni TR App

Apple App Store

If you are using Omnisphere Live, then this is a must. It will completely change the way you use Omnisphere. Being able to load up to 8 individual sounds and change them at the touch of a button is fantastic. I use this everywhere I play and love it. It's a staple in my rig.

Apollo Twin Duo

zZounds

This is a fantastic audio interface. It's a little pricey around $800, but it's definitely worth it! The converters are clean and the user interface is easy to use.

Roland RD-700sx Stage Piano

I've used Roland products since I first started playing and this stage piano is simply great. It has an awesome feel. It's fairly lightweight compared to other 88-key keyboards and it has onboard sounds that are great for backup, should your computer happen to die. I use this in my studio as a main controller.

Spectrasonics Omnisphere

zZounds

If there's one plugin that I use the most, it's this one. Omnisphere is AMAZING! I use it for all of my synths, arps, pads, and more. The processing capability is unparalleled and it's easy to use. It's a little pricey, but worth every penny.

Apple Macbook Pro

Apple

You need some power to run all these plugins and MacBook Pros are the industry standard. Plenty of speed and plenty of RAM should keep you out of lag purgatory.

Korg Nano Kontrol

zZounds

For those times when I need a small hardware controller for muting sounds and such, this is a great piece of gear. It's small, easy to use, and many top keyboardists are using these days.

Spectrasonics Trillian

zZounds

Again, what can I say? Spectrasonics! If you need great bass and guitar sounds, this is the one to have, and it even works thru Omnisphere. What more can you ask for?

Apple MainStage 3

If you are getting into the software side of playing keys, then Apple's Mainstage 3 is a great place to start. This is probably one of the most foundation 'hosts' that professional keyboardists are using today. What's great is it's only $30! And it comes loaded with great sounds and plugins right out of the box and will also run your 3rd party plugins like Omnisphere, Native Instruments, etc. I use this every time I play.

M-Audio Uno

zZounds

This is a great MIDI interface to use in case the keyboard you're playing on doesn't have USB out on it. I always keep it in my bag... just in case!

Native Instruments Komplete 11

zZounds

As if Keyscape, Omnisphere, and Trillian were not enough, there are times when I need different sounds, such as a great Hammond B3, accordion, or bag pipe! Enter Komplete. It's got everything.... and I do mean almost everything. "The Giant" is a fantastic Upright piano that I'll go to if I'm looking for a specific kind of sound. Vintage Organs is great for B3s. If you can't find a certain sound here, you're not looking hard enough.

Transcend 2 TB SSD Thunderbolt drive

Amazon

These little 2 TB SSDs are fantastic and ultra fast. 2 TB is a lot of space for your libraries and, being Thunderbolt, it's going to be fast.

Ivory II pianos

Musician's Friend

Before there was Keyscape, there was Ivory II Pianos by Synthogy. Now there will always be a debate over what piano plugin sounds the best, but in my opinion, Ivory is hard to beat. I don't use it much now that I have Keyscape, but I still hold onto it just in case. It's kind of like your first guitar... you never get rid of it!

4-port USB powered hub

zZounds

One thing is for certain: there aren't enough USB ports on laptops these days. This little guy will take care of that.

Akai MPK mini

zZounds

Akai has always made great products, and this little guy packs a lot of punch as a featherweight. I use this mainly for programing on my desktop. If I need to do something on a plane or in a hotel room, it can fit in my Thule backpack.

Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol S61

zZounds

What's great about this controller is that it's fully integrated with Komplete. Plus, you can customize the knobs and buttons for third party plugins. The keys feel great and it makes for a great secondary controller. Bonus: it has customizable LEDs at the top of each key. Great for playing in the dark!

Spectrasonics Keyscape

Musician's Friend

I can't say enough about Spectrasonics. They make incredible libraries and there are not enough words to describe Keyscape. It's my go-to for anything pianos, EPs, etc. Plus it can run through Omnisphere which is AWESOME! Anytime I'm using a piano of any kind, I'm using Keyscape.

Beginner Rig

Apple Macbook Pro

Apple

You need some power to run all these plugins and MacBook Pros are the industry standard. Plenty of speed and plenty of RAM should keep you out of lag purgatory.

Apple MainStage 3

If you are getting into the software side of playing keys, then Apple's Mainstage 3 is a great place to start. This is probably one of the most foundation 'hosts' that professional keyboardists are using today. What's great is it's only $30! And it comes loaded with great sounds and plugins right out of the box and will also run your 3rd party plugins like Omnisphere, Native Instruments, etc. I use this every time I play.

Akai MPK61

zZounds

This is a great controller for the price. It features 16 velocity pads, 8 faders, 8 knobs, and is super easy to program. The keyboard feels great and is nice and light, which makes it easy to carry around. Throw it in a Mono Case and you're good to go!

Hardware

Nord Stage 2 EX

zZounds

It's RED! What more needs to be said? Ok, if you need more... it's a great keyboard in its own right. It's modular. Easy to use. Lightweight. And did I mention it's RED? I don't actually own one of these due to the $4500 price tag, but I am endorsed by Nord and I use this board weekly at my church. It's a great board for beginners to learn on!

Apollo Twin Duo

zZounds

This is a fantastic audio interface. It's a little pricey around $800, but it's definitely worth it! The converters are clean and the user interface is easy to use.

Roland RD-700sx Stage Piano

I've used Roland products since I first started playing and this stage piano is simply great. It has an awesome feel. It's fairly lightweight compared to other 88-key keyboards and it has onboard sounds that are great for backup, should your computer happen to die. I use this in my studio as a main controller.

Apple Macbook Pro

Apple

You need some power to run all these plugins and MacBook Pros are the industry standard. Plenty of speed and plenty of RAM should keep you out of lag purgatory.

M-Audio Uno

zZounds

This is a great MIDI interface to use in case the keyboard you're playing on doesn't have USB out on it. I always keep it in my bag... just in case!

Transcend 2 TB SSD Thunderbolt drive

Amazon

These little 2 TB SSDs are fantastic and ultra fast. 2 TB is a lot of space for your libraries and, being Thunderbolt, it's going to be fast.

Akai MPK61

zZounds

This is a great controller for the price. It features 16 velocity pads, 8 faders, 8 knobs, and is super easy to program. The keyboard feels great and is nice and light, which makes it easy to carry around. Throw it in a Mono Case and you're good to go!

4-port USB powered hub

zZounds

One thing is for certain: there aren't enough USB ports on laptops these days. This little guy will take care of that.

Akai MPK261 (secondary keyboard)

zZounds

This is a great controller for the price. It features 16 velocity pads, 8 faders, 8 knobs, and is super easy to program. The keyboard feels great and is nice and light which makes it easy to carry around. Throw it in a Mono Case and you're good to go!

Akai MPK mini

zZounds

Akai has always made great products, and this little guy packs a lot of punch as a featherweight. I use this mainly for programing on my desktop. If I need to do something on a plane or in a hotel room, it can fit in my Thule backpack.

AOC Powered Monitor

Amazon

The E1659FWU 15” monitor is great because it's USB-powered. It's light and only needs 1 cable to both power it and feed the display. When you're on the road it pays to keep things lightweight.

Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol S61

zZounds

What's great about this controller is that it's fully integrated with Komplete. Plus, you can customize the knobs and buttons for third party plugins. The keys feel great and it makes for a great secondary controller. Bonus: it has customizable LEDs at the top of each key. Great for playing in the dark!

Software

Omni TR App

Apple App Store

If you are using Omnisphere Live, then this is a must. It will completely change the way you use Omnisphere. Being able to load up to 8 individual sounds and change them at the touch of a button is fantastic. I use this everywhere I play and love it. It's a staple in my rig.

Spectrasonics Omnisphere

zZounds

If there's one plugin that I use the most, it's this one. Omnisphere is AMAZING! I use it for all of my synths, arps, pads, and more. The processing capability is unparalleled and it's easy to use. It's a little pricey, but worth every penny.

Korg Nano Kontrol

zZounds

For those times when I need a small hardware controller for muting sounds and such, this is a great piece of gear. It's small, easy to use, and many top keyboardists are using these days.

Spectrasonics Trillian

zZounds

Again, what can I say? Spectrasonics! If you need great bass and guitar sounds, this is the one to have, and it even works thru Omnisphere. What more can you ask for?

Apple MainStage 3

If you are getting into the software side of playing keys, then Apple's Mainstage 3 is a great place to start. This is probably one of the most foundation 'hosts' that professional keyboardists are using today. What's great is it's only $30! And it comes loaded with great sounds and plugins right out of the box and will also run your 3rd party plugins like Omnisphere, Native Instruments, etc. I use this every time I play.

Native Instruments Komplete 11

zZounds

As if Keyscape, Omnisphere, and Trillian were not enough, there are times when I need different sounds, such as a great Hammond B3, accordion, or bag pipe! Enter Komplete. It's got everything.... and I do mean almost everything. "The Giant" is a fantastic Upright piano that I'll go to if I'm looking for a specific kind of sound. Vintage Organs is great for B3s. If you can't find a certain sound here, you're not looking hard enough.

Ivory II pianos

Musician's Friend

Before there was Keyscape, there was Ivory II Pianos by Synthogy. Now there will always be a debate over what piano plugin sounds the best, but in my opinion, Ivory is hard to beat. I don't use it much now that I have Keyscape, but I still hold onto it just in case. It's kind of like your first guitar... you never get rid of it!

Roland Integra 7 Sound Module

zZounds

I've used Roland since I first started playing keys, and I can't say enough about them. Their sounds are great and their keyboards feel awesome. The Integra 7 sound module is a beast in its own right, but it's great to have a backup sound source in case your computer was to die. Trust me... it will happen, so have a backup plan.

Spectrasonics Keyscape

Musician's Friend

I can't say enough about Spectrasonics. They make incredible libraries and there are not enough words to describe Keyscape. It's my go-to for anything pianos, EPs, etc. Plus it can run through Omnisphere which is AWESOME! Anytime I'm using a piano of any kind, I'm using Keyscape.

Wishlist

Roland Integra 7 Sound Module

zZounds

I've used Roland since I first started playing keys, and I can't say enough about them. Their sounds are great and their keyboards feel awesome. The Integra 7 sound module is a beast in its own right, but it's great to have a backup sound source in case your computer was to die. Trust me... it will happen, so have a backup plan.

Akai MPK261 (secondary keyboard)

zZounds

This is a great controller for the price. It features 16 velocity pads, 8 faders, 8 knobs, and is super easy to program. The keyboard feels great and is nice and light which makes it easy to carry around. Throw it in a Mono Case and you're good to go!

AOC Powered Monitor

Amazon

The E1659FWU 15” monitor is great because it's USB-powered. It's light and only needs 1 cable to both power it and feed the display. When you're on the road it pays to keep things lightweight.

Accessories

Thule Backpack

Amazon

You can, of course, roll with whatever backpack or gigbag that you want, but I've found the bags by Thule to be great. They're light, rugged, and can carry most everything I need including my laptop, iPad, cables, headphones, SSDs, etc. I don't head to a gig without it!

Mono Case Vertigo Keyboard Case (61 Key)

Amazon

This is a great hybrid case for your 61 note keyboard. It's made of shark skin. That's right: SHARK SKIN! This make is water resistant. It has a rigid skeleton on the inside with a soft exterior, making it nice and light. Plus it has backpack straps for ease of carrying. Love this case.

Vocal Training

Vocal Lessons

Singing Success

Shelby can be heard on our podcast. She's down to earth, encouraging and can clearly sing. You can hear her working Jason over on the Worship Artistry podcast. If you've already got the 360 course and need some guidance, she is a great resource. You can find her under the "Book Now" link.

Singing Success 360 Course

Singing Success

You've heard about Singing Success on our podcast a few times. This is a foundational course. It features nearly 30 hours of instruction and exercise that's easy to customize to your focus. The exercises create muscle memory and help you build muscle control, extend your range and develop your style. You can buy the full CD set or simply download it for a significant discount.

Additional Resources

Education

Pianosity - Complete Online Piano Lessons

www.pianosity.com

Looking for piano lessons that deal with everything outside the scope of worship music, then you definitely need to check out Pianosity. It's a subscription based service very similar to Worship Artistry that specializes in piano lessons for all ages and is taught by Worship Artistry's very own keyboard instructor, Ryan King.

Right now, Pianosity is featuring curriculum for kids ages 7-12, and they are in the process of adding content for teens and adults.

Vocal Training

Singing Success 360 Course

Singing Success

You've heard about Singing Success on our podcast a few times. This is a foundational course. It features nearly 30 hours of instruction and exercise that's easy to customize to your focus. The exercises create muscle memory and help you build muscle control, extend your range and develop your style. You can buy the full CD set or simply download it for a significant discount.

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