Re: Tips for Church Drummers
I have to highly disagree with your post on a number of fronts. Mainly the comment about your chops or the lack there of. It doesn't matter if you are playing a waltz or a syphonic piece of music. There is no excuse for no having "chops". Apes bang on drums, musicians play music. Yes some contemporary Christian music is rather simplistic in nature, however, much modern Christian music is very close to our current pop, or ballad style music you would here on any radio station; unless you yourself are playing Kume BA YA! You need exceptional dynamics in church music and the ability to "jam it out" if you are following a worship leader that wants to continue the song or decides to transition to another song that may be in the band's repitiore. There are alot of highs and lows particluraly in many of the revised hymns which happen to be in some odd meters. You need chops for that! I have played many different sytles of music from calypso, reggae, rock, jazz, country, and classical fro traiditional approachesto hymns with bell and timpany parts. How about military drum parts, buzz rolls, brush parts, cymbal swells, time changes.
I have been playing for over thirty years using acoustic and electronic drums during that time, and there is alot to be said for a solid rhythm section and providing an atmosphere in a worship experience thath is most importantly genuine, and inspiring. After all, that is why Christian music exists. Anyone can play a song listen to a recording and mimic it, but it takes a true sense of ministry and spiritual intuitiveness to play spiritual music that is honoring to God, as well as inpiring to the listeners. A true Christian musician is a minister of the Gospel and has a responsibility to live a life of faith and integrity, or else as the scripture would say, you are nothing more than a clanging bell or loud noise!