Modern Drumset Techniques For Today's Worship Drummer

Steve Gadd

Steve Gadd is one of my favourite drummers of all time. Actually, one of my favourite musicians of all time. Steve changed the way drums were played. Of course, many before him led the way: Buddy Rich with his technical and musical brilliance, Louie Bellson and Gene Krupa swinging the big bands, Max Roach’s melodic philosophy, Roy Haynes snap, crackle and pop, Elvin Jones polyrhythmic phrases etc etc. The list could and should go on. But back to Gadd. He is a one-off. He is a pocket master. His individual style saw him being elevated as a drummer and emulated. He took marching band rudiments and made them groove in rock, pop jazz, funk, fusion, big band, latin and more. He played musically and thought only to enhance the music. He never over-played or missed a beat. He always meant what he executed. He could totally beast his chops with artists like Steely Dan and Michel Petrucciani. He could just lay back and swing playing crotchets and you would still recognise his sound. He could groove on his Yamaha drums and you would recognise the tone and the way he hit them. He influenced countless drummers and raised the bar with how drums should sound and support the band. 

For this first article in a series before my videos go up online I would like to highlight Steve Gadd, one of the most important drummers of all time.
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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).

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.

 

“Sheet Music, Why Bother?” A Defense of Reading Charts in Worship

A good question you may think, especially as a drummer. It just seems so time-consuming, when you could be learning on the drum kit. Before I give a few valid reasons why sheet music helps drummers as well as other instrumentalists, I want to clarify a few things. Firstly, it’s okay if you can’t read sheet music. Secondly, yes, you don’t have to be able to read music notation to be a good drummer, and finally, sheet music and music notation (like rudiments) are a means to an end. It’s what’s internalized that counts. I want to also state a “but” in those clarifications, and use one example drummer, the most famous YouTube drummer in the world currently. His name is Cobus Potgeiter, you may have heard of him. He has inspired thousands of kids to pick up a pair of sticks, and with good reason, he can play! And he’s released a Drum Instructional DVD entitled, “The Cobus Method.”
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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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New Inspiration Vol.2

Some more great drumming videos!

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


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