Modern Drumset Techniques For Today's Worship Drummer

New Scottish Hymns Blog: The Heart of Worship

This is the 2nd blog post is from a series I recently did as seen on the New Scottish Hymns website.

What does it mean to have a heart of worship? Good question. We could talk about this for the rest of our days, so I’m going to keep this short and sweet!

Romans 12:1 says to “present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.” What does that mean? Simply put, I think it means being in a right relationship with God- that I’m on good terms with the Bible’s author. Do I please or grieve the Holy Spirit with the way I lead my life? That’s a challenging question I face each and every day.

Whilst I will admit that there have been a few times I have ‘gone through the motions’ in Church, especially if I’ve had an ‘off-day’, or just feel that the worship ‘isn’t great’, I know that the fruit of my ‘sacrifice’ to God is that I give my whole self to Him. I submit to Him. He knows best. So I’m reading my Bible, praying, confessing sin, spending time with Him experiencing God’s great love. Whatever that looks to me might be different for you. And the fruit of that ‘sacrifice’ to me is to know I deeply loved by the Father. My identity is secure in what He thinks of me, not what other people say or think!

When I am in a place of heartfelt worship, I know that I am chosen by God, anointed by God, and saved by God to serve the One who saved me from my sin. And that I know and can experience His love. For me that is the heart of worship. As one of my heroes, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones once said:

Holiness is not something we are called upon to do in order that we may become something; it is something we are to do because of what we already are.”

I don’t confess to be a ‘holy’ person by my own strength, but through Christ who strengthens me and makes me holy. Weakness is the way- because He is strong. I love the quote from the great preacher Robert Murray McCheyne: “Lord make me as holy as a saved sinner can be.”

So when it comes to playing drums in Church, I try to pray a short prayer. When I pray this simple prayer in faith, I believe that God will act.

“Lord, help me to fix my eyes upon You today.
Thank You for your mercy, for Your love & grace.
Thank You for sending Your Son to die on the Cross for me.
Thank You for the indwelling Holy Spirit. Fall on me afresh and fill me to overflowing. Grant me the humility to play, help me to play the best I have ever played.
Come in Power in this place today, that we as a Church may know and experience You. Change us Lord, from the inside out.
Let there be freedom for You to move today.”

Every Blessing,

Brian

New Scottish Hymns Blogs: About Playing Drums In Church

This blog post is from a series I recently did as seen on the New Scottish Hymns website.

When I was asked to write a series of blogs on playing drums in Church, it conjured many thoughts.

Firstly – the great privilege to play drums in a worship band! The enjoyment of being able to make music to my Saviour, help lead people in worship, and to be able to worship with other people.

Secondly, the technical aspect of drumming. The practice, the dos and don’ts of what that is. The joys and frustrations that come with all of that!

Thirdly, the enjoyment of listening to music. I love listening to new worship & secular music, and my love of music continues to grow year after year.

Fourthly, the challenges that come with playing drums in a church setting. Drums can be loud (dependent on whether you have an electric or acoustic set), offensive to some people, and at times overlooked. While this has softened to a degree with the development of mainstream Contemporary Worship Music over the last decade in particular, drums can still be a controversial matter. Let’s not forget drum gear & getting a good sound from the drums in Church. That’s a toughie!

So with that in mind, over the next four posts, I will be going over the following four things:

  1. The Heart of Worship
  2. Practice & The Technical Aspect of Drumming
  3. Listening to Music
  4. Sound, Other Helpful Suggestions & Tips

So unfortunately, no posts on ‘Gospel Chops’, ’How To Play 20 Minute Drum Solos’ or ‘How To Twirl Your Drum Stick Like A Boss,’ – as fun as that would be!

Every Blessing,

Brian

New Drum Cover: Hillsong Y&F – Wake

My latest drum cover – Hillsong Y&F’s ‘Wake!’ Check it out!

 

Worship Leader at Bethel Church, Brian Johnson

It seems that with the last week or so I have not updated the website! Here is one thing to kick it started again…Interview taken from Christian.co.uk.

Brian Johnson has been leading worship since he was 17. He is the co-writer of some of the United States most popular worship songs including One Thing Remains and You Are Good.

He leads Bethel Church’s worship team and produced the church’s latest acoustic worship project: The Loft Sessions.

Brian lives in Redding, California with his wife Jenn and three children. He is the son of popular author and church leader, Bill Johnson.

1. What made you record The Loft Sessions as an acoustic project?

There’s so many live worship CDs right now and I just took a step back and thought we want to do something that shows the fun, raw, real and passionate elements of our worship. And show that it doesn’t have to be on a massive stage with lights. It’s not like it hasn’t been done before, but for us we were excited to do something different.

2. There’s a great acoustic vibe to the record. How would you describe the sound?
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Shout To The Lord and Mighty To Save

I’ve already posted this on my Facebook and Twitter, but here are the final two videos. Truth be told, they are probably the ones I’m least happy about, but I’m still happy. Hope you enjoy! There is one more bonus video to come. And also, if you want to check out How Great Is Our God in better quality, the Vimeo video is now online, check out my channel. I will upload up here tomorrow.

Shout To The Lord

Mighty To Save

 

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).

How Great Is Our God

At the tail end of last week I uploaded my fourth drum video on YouTube. Currently that video is uploading onto Vimeo, which is slightly higher quality. Also being uploaded to YouTube are the two final drum tracks, which I won’t unveil yet. In the meantime, enjoy ‘How Great Is Our God,’ one of the best tracks I think that was cut through the project, with Steph Macleod particularly shining.

 

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)
Mark Cameron (electric guitar)
Peter Crockett (piano)
Dave Biddulph (bass guitar)
Brian Macleod (percussion).

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).

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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Bethel Music

Whilst this video is about a year old, I think it offers some great insight to the highly influential church that is Bethel Church, Redding California. A Church that is making headlines across many charismatic and evangelical denominations, the Church promotes honour, leadership and a personal walk with God. Their music, Bethel Music and Jesus Culture, release albums regularly, most recently The Loft Sessions and Awakening.

Some of their artists are also releasing solo albums, check them out also.

Bryan & Katie Torwalt: Here on Earth 

Kristene Mueller-DiMarco: Those Who Dream

Jeremy Riddle: Furious

William Matthews: Hope’s Anthem

Jake Hamilton: Freedom Calling

Leah Mari: All I Have Needed

Jesus Culture Testimony

Does God Heal Today?

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