Drumming Tips for Building a Tight Rhythm Section

What is it that makes a “rhythm section” sound tight and groovin’? The first thing that comes to mind is just keeping solid time…...

Percussion in the Small/Quasi-Acoustic/No Drum Set Worship Team: Part 1

When thinking about the modern praise band, many of us get the mental image of a pop/rock instrumentation with electric guitars and bass, drum...

Drumming For Inspiration

I’m sitting here thumbing through my latest issue of “Modern Drummer” wondering what I should write about to inspire drummers… especially “worship drummers.” That’s...

The Church Timpanist: Challenges and Solutions

"It's #162 in the hymn book. Go ahead and add some timpani." When timpani parts first appeared in orchestral scores, the tuning of the drums...

Keeping It Simple Is Still Cool

So many times I hear drummers and other musicians trying to play everything they know in one song. They are so absorbed in their...

Pondering Potential Percussion Purchases

In a world with thousands of striking, scraping, and shaking instruments, where do you begin when assembling an assortment of percussion for the church...

Drum Muffling Tricks

So your drums are just a little too loud. Or maybe they ring just a little too long. I’m happy to give you some...

Interview with Todd Bragg, Percussionist with Crowder

With a taste for exotic instruments, an enthusiastic spirit, and an appropriate beard, Todd Bragg seems born for his role as percussionist with Crowder. The...

Recording Drums in Your Church

So your church wants to do a record. Or maybe you’re working with your team or other musicians and they want to get songs...

Get Out of the Drum Fill Rut!

Oh NO, not the same fill again!! **On the snare 3 e & ah 4 e & ah GO!!** Or the infamous “Pat Boone,...

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