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Course #4: Drums
(Play With Confidence)

By the end of this course, you'll know:

✅ How drums can be broken down into very simple components, making it easier to learn than you might think!

✅ The essentials of stick control, foot control & rhythm

✅ How to count rhythms, time signatures & break down a beat so you can learn beats by ear

✅ Many common beats, progressing from very simple beats to complex beats

✅ How to play with dynamics & lead your team through the map of songs

✅ Advanced tips, such as playing in compound time signatures, best practices for multi-drummer setups & more!

  Includes 180 min. video run time, 166 multiple choice quiz/test questions, 24 paragraph-answer critical thinking questions, 9 Coaching Community prompts & 3 posts. 

(Used in multiple courses:  10 min video, 6 quiz questions & 3 posts.)

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Here's a lesson from Module 5 of this award-winning course:

Remember:

Now, many times we will be using snare & kick as the foundation of our beats.  

What affects dynamic level most often is the right hand.  

Here’s a general rule of what we play or “wash” with our right hand:  

Loudest to quietest:

  • Washing crash cymbal
  • Washing ride
  • Playing open hi-hat
  • Playing semi-open hi-hat
  • Pinging ride
  • Playing closed hi-hat
  • Playing floor tom (this can vary)
  • No right hand

I’ve met a surprising number of sound guys who hate cymbals, and I have a hard time understanding why.   When I listen to worship mixes where you can’t hear the cymbals at all, the mix feels flat & awkward as a result.

(Part 1 of 2)   

 

The reason for this is in the context of the larger mix, cymbals create a shimmering sound that fills the awkward space in the mix and drives emotional intensity.  

Typically if you have a cymbal present, it is creating energy of some kind.

Because of this, we want to wash the ride, crash or play an open or semi-open hi-hat much of the time when we are big on a driving chorus or bridge.  

We save washing the crash cymbal for the absolute peak or climax of the song, and we use pinging the ride or playing a closed hi-hat when we want some energy, but not our full dynamic level.

Toms are different and very versatile - we use toms to communicate intensity whether we are quiet or loud, and vary the stick height, volume & intensity based on what the song needs. 

With hi-hat, remember that we can gradually open or close the hi hat by rocking our left foot back.  This gradually creates intensity.  

We also can gradually switch from pinging -> washing the ride.   

Pinging the ride is fine for a chorus that is full, but medium volume...but it's often too chill for the climax of a song.

(Part 2 of 2)

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Here's what's included in your course!

Step #1: Get functional first.

Module 1 - "Learning Control & Our First Beat"

  • Basic stick & foot technique
  • Counting rhythm & playing with a metronome
  • Subdivisions, downbeats & time signatures
  • Stick control techniques, warmups & essential rudiments
  • Our first beat!
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Module 2 - "Rudiments & 4/4 Beats"

  • Essential rudiments for worship
  • Core beats that are common in 4/4
  • Double-hit variations on beats using kick & snare
  • How to add your own variations to beats
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Module 3 - "Double Beats & Fills"

  • How to play double hand hi-hat/snare beats in 4/4
  • Tom beats in 4/4
  • Snare roll beats in 4/4
  • Why we use drum fills
  • Common drum fills in 4/4
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Step #2: Expand your library of essential beats & concepts.

Module 4 - "Two More Time Signatures"

  • Counting in 6/8 time signature
  • Counting in 3/4 time signature
  • Common beats, variations & fills in 6/8 & 3/4 time signatures
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Module 5 - "Dynamics & Emotion"

  • The vital importance of dynamics on drums
  • The drum kit & how our decisions affect energy levels
  • Common pitfalls & effective techniques
  • How to build effectively from 0-100%
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Step #3: Get creative & prepare for professional-tier worship ministry.

Module 6 - "Playing In A Worship Team Setting"

  • Practical tips to help you excel on drums in a worship team setting
  • The servant hearted approach to worship teams:  "less is more"
  • Playing "in the pocket" with a click track
  • How to prepare your next set with a professional mindset
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Module 7 - "Trickier Beats & Fills"

  • Advanced time signatures
  • Playing in 12/8 time signature using triplets
  • Playing in 7/4 or compound time signatures such as 4/4 + 3/4
  • Other advanced beats & fills
  • Rim shots & technical beats
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Module 8 - "Advanced Techniques"

  • How to play boldly with confidence & authority
  • An introduction to drum solos & when to use them
  • How to automate certain mental aspects of drumming so you can focus on worshiping from the heart
  • Acoustic vs. electric kits (and when to use them)
  • Keys to self-teaching effectively beyond this course
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