Modern Drumset Techniques For Today's Worship Drummer

Cobus Potgeiter: Internet Drumming Sensation Part One

by Shaun Ladymon, taken from Scene Essence website.

The 21st century is one of sharing, and living life vicariously. People share their hobbies, passions, loves, and their jobs through Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and Youtube. When thinking about sharing life when it comes to social media, one name stands above the rest: Cobus.

Cobus Potgieter grew up in Humansdorp, South Africa and currently is living in East London, also in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. Although his first language is Afrikaans, a South African dialect of Dutch, he speaks English quite well.

Cobus’ story is one of faith, diversity, persistence, and passion.
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An article on Practicing

By Brian Macleod:

Preparation for Practice:

There are some well-known “formulas” of how to practice drums, some of which are helpful, whilst, unfortunately, some are not. In preparation for my practice sessions, in my personal experience, I try not to go into anything complex, but do things that get the mind working. Usually I’ll first stretch my arms a bit so I don’t end up hurting myself later on, then I’ll start practicing by working on a pad, doing basic Rudiments such as Singles, Doubles, Flams and Paradiddles, which gets you into a familiar routine. Of course, you don’t have to limit yourself to these particular rudiments, but know your limits and your capabilities in accordance to your rudimental knowledge. I find that it’s useful to not get into too much depth here, but to do this for roughly 10-15mins. Another useful technique is to look at yourself in the mirror, so you can see how your hand technique is, and, if needed, any adjustments can be made. One rule to be made here is that it’s not a speed contest; I suggest playing slow and fast, loud and quiet, as you’ll be working on your dynamics, feel and technique at the same time. If you have a metronome, it can be useful to use that on occasion too.
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Drums in the OT

From Bob Kauflin: a list of drums and percussion in the Old Testament. You’ll be surprised at how many times it’s mentioned!

(Gen 31:27 NIV) Why did you run off secretly and deceive me? Why didn’t you tell me, so I could send you away with joy and singing to the music of tambourines and harps?

(Exo 15:20 NIV) Then Miriam the prophetess, Aaron’s sister, took a tambourine in her hand, and all the women followed her, with tambourines and dancing.

(Judg 11:34 NIV) When Jephthah returned to his home in Mizpah, who should come out to meet him but his daughter, dancing to the sound of tambourines! She was an only child. Except for her he had neither son nor daughter.

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Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich

This is a classic drum battle video on YouTube of Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa from the Sammy Davis Jr Show in 1966. Here we see two of the greatest and most influential drummers of all time. Krupa, a man who almost single-handedly brought the drums to worldwide attention, and Rich, whose technique and musicianship has reached new boundaries, many of them still un-touched. By this time Buddy had just formed his own Big Band and was about to release it’s debut album, ‘Swinging New Band,’ and was arguably in the prime of his playing. Krupa on the other hand, had struggled with alcoholism and drugs and was looking old and sluggish. Nevertheless, this is a classic video, and these are two drummers who have shaped the way we play drums today. Check out their material.

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Some examples of their playing:

The Drum Battle – Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich

Swinging New Band – Buddy Rich

Big Swing Face – Buddy Rich

Sing, Sing, Sing – Gene Krupa (Benny Goodman)

Why Do We Worship?

Why Do We Worship?

I suppose the best way to answer this question is to say “who do we worship?” Worship isn’t “let’s turn up to Church one Sunday a week, then return to our regular, run-of-the-mill lives.” Worship isn’t continually lambasting ourselves for falling short in our walk with God, however easy that can be, especially if you’re Scottish. Worship isn’t looking at ourselves, feeling sorry for ourselves, wondering why people aren’t helping “us”, why the Church isn’t responding to our needs the way it should be. Perhaps it never will.

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Jeff Harris: 4,748 Self-Portraits and Counting

A friend posted this on Facebook and I found it so interesting I thought I would post it in my personal blog! If you are “arty”, you will most certainly enjoy this video!

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Glorifying God with the Paradiddle

by Brian Macleod

Sometimes when Christians hear the words “theology” or “doctrine” we can perhaps run a mile, or suggest that it’s only for serious students, pastors and scholars. The reality is, though, that if the word theology means “the Study of God,” then I guess we’re all theologians in some way or form. We’re all continually learning in our walk with God, so our study and knowledge of Him takes us on amazing adventures.

Applying this concept to worship, and in particular, drums, one essential part of drumming that I believe has been misunderstood amongst drummers in Church is the role of rudiments in worship. Personally, for me as a musician
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New Inspiration Vol.2

Some more great drumming videos!

Manu Katche – (Most famous for playing on Peter Gabriel’s “So”)

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Old Hymns For Our Day

From The Gospel Coalition website, for more information please visit

by Mike Cosper

Over the last few years, hymns have made a comeback in many churches. At Sojourn Community Church, in Louisville, Kentucky, we rediscovered hymns, and it revitalized our corporate worship. From Mars Hill Church to Sovereign Grace, to campus ministries and worship bands, many Christians have discovered the same richness and depth of the hymnal. Great music is being written and recorded for “retuned” hymns—traditional lyrics with new melodies.

I had the privilege of sitting down with Isaac Wardell and Kevin Twit to talk a bit about the effect of hymns on the life of our congregations. Wardell is the worship director at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville, Virginia, and one of the founders of Bifrost Arts, through which he’s recorded a number of traditional and retuned hymns. Twit is a pastor with Reformed University Fellowship at Bellmont University in Nashville, and the founder of Indelible Grace, a collection of musicians who have been writing retuned hymns for many years.

In this conversation, we talk about why we’ve returned to hymns and some of the reasons for retuning hymns with new melodies.

Mike Cosper is pastor of worship and arts at Sojourn Community Church in Louisville, Kentucky. He writes on the gospel and the arts for The Gospel Coalition.

Gaelic Psalm Singing

I was brought up on the Isle of Lewis, where Psalm singing is very common in the Presbyterian-dominated Island. This video, filmed in the Free Church in Back, Lewis in 2003 is presented by Gaelic musician Calum Martin. It offers insight into one of the most unique, and, in my opinion, most amazing and Spirit-filled worship. Whilst it is so traditional, and seems so out of sync with modern-day worship theatrics, there is something unique and simple I just love about singing Psalms. And the fact they are sung in Scottish Gaelic I think makes it even more incredible. Enjoy the video!