Photo by Scott Pickering

Monday, February 28, 2011

God Be Praised DVD

The God Be Praised DVD (Gateway Worship) has been released !  Fifteen songs from the live recording back in April 2010 along with songwriter commentaries, "behind the scenes" footage, and other features combine for over an hour and a half of music and info from Gateway Church.  

Scott Buchanan and Chad Whiteley take turns playing drumset while percussion duties are shared by Mark Levy and noted percussion blogger---ME.
(Chad W. also handles a brief percussion stint on concert bass drum---Look for it.)

For more info:

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Shorthand Mini Chart

Sometimes you just need a small reminder instead of a detailed chart or you have to quickly jot down the roadmap of a tune and your orchestration ideas.

Below is an example of my shorthand mini chart system. The major sections of the form [verse (v), chorus (c), pre-chorus (pc) etc…] are shown with the number of measures in each part. The instrument played (or tacet) is indicated where necessary and any specific rhythms, stops, or hits are notated.

You can probably decode this one:

Friday, February 4, 2011

Defining A Worship Drummer

Keith Banks has ministered and recorded with Marco Barrientos, Klaus Kluen, David Luckey, Eddie Coronado, and more…along with teaching drums at Christ For the Nations in Dallas and presenting workshops at worship conferences in Asia, Latin American, and the US. Keith’s DVD, Defining A Worship Drummer is packed with over two hours of teaching (and some fine drumming). Whether you are a percussionist or drumset player, there is plenty of valuable information on this disc. Keith speaks about matters of the heart and head rather that sticks and heads as he discusses the attitude of a worship musician. Head over to his website (, check out a sample, and treat yourself to some fine teaching and music. I’m glad to have this DVD in my library.