Percussion For Worship (TM) provides information for percussionists, worship leaders, producers, teachers, and anyone desiring to learn about the use of this family of instruments in both contemporary and traditional Christian worship.
During a recording session, I was using the Soft Shake from Latin Percussion (www.lpmusic.com/). I had been playing it in a conventional manner. The producer suddenly asked me to turn the shaker so that an end was toward me (as shown in the photo). Though slightly skeptical, I complied and immediately heard the difference. There was less attack in the sound and more length to each note. The length of this particular shaker is rather short so that you can control the rhythmic flow of the fill (beads) in this position. The “more legato” sound fit well in the song that we were recording and I continue to use this technique when appropriate.
From the early days of his career as Artist in Residence at Coastal Carolina Community College to his present day work as a percussion soloist, clinician, sideman, and entrepreneur, Mark Shelton has created programs and educational services for a variety of ages.
Mark’s experience in contemporary worship percussion is highlighted in the video tutorial series Worship Team Director produced by Gateway Church. Mark writes regularly for the magazines, Worship Musician and Activate.
Mark's compositions are published by Heritage Music Press, HoneyRock, and Per-Mus Publications. A member of the Texas Commission on the Arts Touring Roster, Mark has presented "The Strike, Scrape, & Shake Show" for thousands of students in schools and libraries.
An avid runner, Mark was the overall winner in the 5000 meter run at the 2005 Texas Masters Championships and finished #102 in the 2007 Texas Marathon.
Contact Mark 214-507-6366