Photo by Scott Pickering

Thursday, September 15, 2011

God And King /Zach Neese Album

The new album from Zach Neese has been released.  I'm honored to be playing percussion on this project.
Lots of percussion...AND there's also some drumline work.   Tim Cruz, Caleb Jobe, and I got to flex our rudimental chops and lock in some rolls on the opening track, "We Trust in Jesus."  God and King is available from iTunes.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Featured Set Up September 2011

Percussion For Worship reader, Chuck George recently sent a picture of his set up at Calvary Assembly of God in Orrville, Ohio.  Chuck's arsenal includes 16"  thin crash cymbal, 16" Chinese cymbal, 18"  crash/ride cymbal, bongos, congas, djembe, triangles,  shaker, egg shakers, bar chimes, mounted tambourine, woodblock, cowbells, timbales, cajon, and rainstick.   In addition to his percussion duties, Chuck is also active in an endurance athletics ministry.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Waiting For Beat Two

"Waiting for beat two" is a widely accepted performance practice in drumset playing.  
When the drummer ends a phrase and moves to a new section with a fill (and plays a cymbal crash on beat one), the full drumset groove often does not resume until beat two.   (There are exceptions.)
As a percussionist, you can take advantage of waiting for beat two.   When you encounter  that musical moment when it is a challenge to make that logistical change (a good example: switching from shake tambourine to congas), you might be able to buy yourself another half second or so by waiting for beat two. 
Listen carefully to make sure it works with both the drumset and the overall phrasing.

It's surprising how that extra moment can make the difference between an awkward thrash and a smooth transition between instruments.