Modern Drumset Techniques For Today's Worship Drummer

Blessed Be Your Name

And the third video, Matt Redman’s ‘Blessed Be Your Name.’ Keep posted for a review here of his latest album ‘10,000 Reasons’ and his new book ‘Mirror Ball’ over the next couple of weeks.

 

Blessed Be Your Name

Video Filmed at Holy Trinity Church, Wester Hailes, Edinburgh on Friday 27th January, 2012.

Video Filmed by Jelizaveta Burhanova, Chris Gillies & Molly Gibney.

Video Edited by Jelizaveta Burhanova.

Drums Engineered by Michal Jankowski & James Parnell. Mixed by Michal Jankowski.

Backing Track Engineered & Mixed by Frazer Knox.

Backing Track Musicians:
Steph Macleod (vocals & acoustic guitar)
Mark Cameron (electric guitar)
Peter Crockett (piano)
Dave Biddulph (bass guitar)
Brian Macleod (percussion).

Backing Track Musicians:
Bethany Young (vocals & acoustic guitar)
Mark Cameron (electric guitar)
Peter Crockett (piano)
Philip Martin (bass guitar)
Brian Macleod (percussion).

Survivor Records & Kingsway Music

LES MOIR spoke at length to Tony Cummings about the 10 years of Survivor Records and Les’ fascinating life in Christian music.

Les Moir

Les Moir

The release of the ‘Ten’ album celebrating 10 years of (very) successful business for Survivor Records has shone the spotlight on what has become the most important roster of contemporary worship leaders ever assembled by a British record company. But it has also brought renewed interest in a seminal behind-the-scenes figure who not only was the founding father of Survivor Records but down the years has served the UK Christian music scene as a musician, record producer and today A&R manager, Les Moir. I spoke to this quietly spoken man about his life in Christian music at the Cross Rhythms office. We began, appropriately enough, by talking about the birth of Survivor Records. “I was A&R manager for Kingsway Music and I was running around at different events. In fact, I was at an event called New Wine playing bass guitar for Bryn Hawarth, which was a treat. After the main celebration we went down to the youth venue which was called New Wine Youth and that was held in a cow shed in Shepton Mallett. Mike Pilavachi was looking after New Wine Youth. A young 16 year old Matt Redman was leading worship and the Cutting Edge band – which of course was is the early days of Delirious? – were also there. I could sense there was a new thing that God was doing with the youth. So I went back to the guys at Kingsway and told them about what I felt and asked them if they would release me to help develop this whole thing with youth worship. They eventually said yes and we started a new label called Survivor, which was set up as a worship label for a new generation.”
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In Christ Alone

And my second video is now up on YouTube and Vimeo! It’s the most popular hymn of the past decade, and my personal favourite, In Christ Alone.

In Christ Alone

Video Filmed at Holy Trinity Church, Wester Hailes, Edinburgh on Friday 27th January, 2012.

Video Filmed by Jelizaveta Burhanova, Chris Gillies & Molly Gibney.

Video Edited by Jelizaveta Burhanova.

Drums Engineered by Michal Jankowski & James Parnell. Mixed by Michal Jankowski.

Backing Track Engineered & Mixed by Frazer Knox.

Backing Track Musicians:
Steph Macleod (vocals & acoustic guitar)
Mark Cameron (electric guitar)
Peter Crockett (piano)
Dave Biddulph (bass guitar)
Brian Macleod (percussion).
Backing Track Musicians:
Steph Macleod (vocals & acoustic guitar)
Peter Crockett (piano)
Dave Biddulph (bass guitar)
Brian Macleod (percussion).

Hosanna (Praise Is Rising) CD Track

And here is the accompanying with drums version of Hosanna (Praise Is Rising).

Musicians:

Steph Macleod & Bethany Young (vocals & acoustic guitars)
Peter Crockett (piano & synth)
Mark Cameron & Matthew Hislop (electric guitars)
Philip Martin (bass guitar)
Brian Macleod (drums & percussion).

Engineered and Mixed by Frazer Knox.

 

Hosanna (Praise Is Rising) Video

So here it is, my first drum video from the DVD. It’s Paul Baloche’s ‘Hosanna (Praise Is Rising)’, one of my favourite songs. Oh, and apologies for not keeping up with my ‘one post a day inspirations’ blog. It didn’t seem to work for me. But nonetheless I will be pursuing that in the near future. I have many things to write and many tracks to post, many PDFs of transcriptions to link and many videos to upload.

Oh, and for the record, I’m not trying to be the next Cobus Potgeiter or whoever. Whilst what he and other drummers do on YouTube is purely from a performance-based and showmanship perspective, there’s nothing flashy in my playing in the video and neither should there be. The main focus is the song and trying to groove and sound as musical as possible. The purpose of these YouTube videos are to demonstrate how to play drums in Church.

Hosanna (Praise Is Rising)

Video Filmed at Holy Trinity Church, Wester Hailes, Edinburgh on Friday 27th January, 2012.

Video Filmed by Jelizaveta Burhanova, Chris Gillies & Molly Gibney.

Video Edited by Jelizaveta Burhanova.

Drums Engineered by Michal Jankowski & James Parnell. Mixed by Michal Jankowski.

Backing Track Engineered & Mixed by Frazer Knox.

Backing Track Musicians:
Steph Macleod (vocals & acoustic guitar)
Mark Cameron (electric guitar)
Peter Crockett (piano)
Dave Biddulph (bass guitar)
Brian Macleod (percussion).
Backing Track Musicians:
Steph Macleod & Bethany Young (vocals & acoustic guitars)
Peter Crockett (piano & synth)
Mark Cameron & Matthew Hislop (electric guitars)
Philip Martin (bass guitar)
Brian Macleod (percussion).

T.D. Jakes on the Trinity

Bishop T.D. Jakes is one of the most fascinating characters modern-day Christianity has seen. Recently, he was invited to participate in ‘The Elephant Room.’ The format “features blunt conversations between seven influential pastors who take differing approaches to ministry. No keynotes. No canned messages. These are “the conversations you never thought you’d hear.” All conversations are moderated by James MacDonald of Harvest Bible Chapel and Mark Driscoll of Mars Hill Church.” The following is from Trevin Wax’s blog post on The Gospel Coalition website, when Jakes was questioned about his view on the Trinity: orthodox or modalist?

Elephant Room 2: Live-Blog Session 4

Title: “Ticket to Ride”

What are the “majors” of Christian doctrine that cannot be diluted or denied for a person to be a Christian? How can we help one another move beyond the bare minimum of accepted belief, to a pursuit of robust, soul-satisfying, biblical substance? How should we relate to those who do not yet embrace the benefit and priority of sound biblical doctrine? Is there a difference between a person in error and a wolf in sheep’s clothing? What benefits derive from keeping the majors on a separate list and not letting the ‘minors’ divide us? Is it possible to love the truth without compromise and still work passionately for unity?

Speakers: T. D. Jakes and Mark Driscoll, moderated by James MacDonald
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Modern Drummer Magazine

This is a continuation of a series of things that have inspired me to be a better musician. The next thing I would like to speak well of is Modern Drummer Magazine. I have to unashamedly admit that I’m a bit of a magazine geek. I always have been. I loved trying to create my own sort of magazines as a youngster and still have a big collection of football magazines. In February 2004 I bought my first issue of Modern Drummer. It was one of the first times I had ever seen a drum magazine, I didn’t really think they existed. And, for one to be in a newsagent in Stornoway, I was taken with it. To go with that, Travis Barker, my favourite drummer at the time was on the cover. I have since collected every issue (just about). And with that I have learnt a lot about drummers, music, general concepts and tips, sight reading as well as interviews with today’s top pros and how they work in the industry. In short, I think Modern Drummer has influenced countless drummers across its history. I also have one of the book’s they published for their 30th anniversary (titled “The Drummer”) and some special editions (“Drum Gods I & II”). All in all, it continually inspires me month after month and I look forward to every issue. Call me a geek or whatever, but Modern Drummer has inspired me in so many ways and continues to do so. 

Here is an article from the website, showing just one of the many good points of MD.
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Bethel Church: God, the bad and the ugly

Bethel Church in Redding, California is one of these Churches that seems to rack up a lot of attention. This is due to the fact that Signs, Wonders & Miracles regularly take place and that it is part of the growing charismatic trend amongst many Churches in both the USA and UK. Well, so it seems. But along with that comes criticism. Do they place these gifts above giver? What about the gospel message? What about Bible teaching? What about repentance? YouTube clips can be so devious at times, that good and bad Churches and ministries can be criticised so harshly. Here’s what associate Pastor Kris Vallotton had to say.

Written by Kris Vallotton

There have been many things written about Bethel Church and the movement that we have had the privilege of being a part of for more than three decades.
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Videos coming soon

I’d like to take up this post by celebrating the fact that my project is in fact complete. Fourteen months, twelve CD tracks, a DVD and Seventy-eight pages of a Book later it is all done. You can check out some photos from the Book and DVD shoot on my personal Facebook page – http://www.facebook.com/brian.macleod1.

To mark the completion of the project I’d like to post up some video content via Vimeo and YouTube and some audio content on Soundcloud. But not just yet. Prior to the release date of the first video, one week from today (TUESDAY 15TH MAY), I want to celebrate some of my favourite drum-related Video and Book content, and state why it has influenced me. Starting tomorrow. And so the countdown begins.