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Want to start using a percussion position for worship? Percussion (tambourine, shaker, drum pad / SPD-SX) can add so much to the sound of your worship band. In this video I’ll teach you exactly how to train your percussionists. I’ll show you how they should approach each instrument, as well as how to use all the pieces together to build the song as a whole.

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All right, I’m going to teach you how I train my percussionists

on my worship team.

I recently installed a percussion setup.

If I sit down, you can see it here at my church, and I’m going

to be training percussionists.

And this is a great opportunity to get more people involved because it’s pretty

simple and you can make it more complex as they get more comfortable.

So I’m going to be showing you how I train the percussionists at my church,

and then you can take this video and send it to your percussionists.

And if you’re curious about how to build a percussion setup your church,

there’s a previous video that I did that I will link below, and you can watch

exactly how I built this whole setup, which samples I used.

In fact, you can get the free samples underneath this video.

But let me explain how I train my percussionists,

starting with the tambourine.

We’re going to go through four different instruments

in this video, tambourine shaker, cymbal swells, and then the drum pad.

Starting with the tambourine, I like to start here because it’s

the simplest to understand.

I typically tell my percussionists, first thing is to lock their wrist.

Now, I am not a percussionist, and I might be teaching the wrong thing, but I don’t

like my tambourines to sound sloppy.

So I don’t like the wobbly wrist method.

I like the locked wrist method.

So I want them to lock their wrist, grab it tight right at the handle, and

then I want them to shake the tambourine basically from their elbow forward.

So it’s like a really tight subdivided sound because

the tambourine is to subdivid what’s happening on the drum set.

And so I want the tambourine to be really tight, like a metronome,

like a click track. I don’t want it to be sloppy, floppy.

I want it to be thick.

That’s the sound that I want to go for with the tambourine.

So I say, Hey, lock your wrist and shake from your elbow forward

and keep it really tight.

So in terms of methodology, that’s what I teach.

Lock the wrist, keep it tight.

Try to be a super clean subdivider.

Now, in terms of when to use the tambourine, I typically say tambourine is

for fast songs, shaker is for slow songs.

Now, that is an oversimplification.

I will explain more later.

But in terms of starting things out, I say, okay, fast songs on the verses,

two and four, just tap it.

So it’s one, two, three, four.

So for example, Everlasting God, it would be two, four in the verses

and then shake it in the choruses.

So one.

So very simple, two, four.

You’re basically mimicking the snare.

You’re just adding some top-end jingles to the snare hits.

By And by the way, I do like brass tambourines because they’re

a little darker, warmer, and they hide, and they don’t stick through,

poke out of the mix too much. So brass tambourines.

You can check the previous video for my whole list of gear.

So two, four on the verses.

For the choruses of fast songs, shake it with the accents on the two and four.

You are the ever-lasting God.

That’s what I want them to do in the courses of fast songs.

Now, on certain parts of songs, you don’t actually want them to accent

the two and four while they shake it.

You just want them to shake it without really adding any clear accent beat.

And that would be, for example, on bridges of songs like, I am who you say I am.

You are for me, not against me.

They’re just shaking it back and forth without actually

tapping the two, four accent.

A lot of times, you’ll have bridges where there’s a lot of tom work,

and you just want to add that top-end texture, and that’s a great time

to shake the tambourine without accenting the two, four.

That is the tambourine.

Again, oversimplification is play the tambourine on the fast songs.

For the verses, just tap the two and the four.

Sometimes, you could just tap the four just to let the snare

hit once without you on the two, and then you join them with the four.

But again, I don’t want to get too complicated.

Verses, two, four.

Choruses, shake it with accent on the two, four.

Sometimes in bridges with toms, shake it without accenting.

That’s the tambourine. Next up is the shaker.

For the shaker, I like to say shaker is for slow songs.

S S, S.

Shaker is slow.

Shaker, what I teach them is you’re going to slosh it for most of the time

and then slap it for the accent.

What I mean by slosh is just like a lazy back and forth.

Then slap it is you’re going to throw the sand forward on the inside and then

catch it so that it slaps against the back wall like this for the accent.

Okay, so that’s how you typically want to shake the shaker.

I like to use the shaker for slow songs at the beginning.

And then as the song gets bigger and bigger and starts to crescendo, you want

to switch to the tambourine to brighten up that top end for the big choruses.

So a song like Reckless Love, the verses would be, When I was your foe,

still your love far from me.

One, two, three, four, five, six.

So again, slosh and then slap.

But then as that song gets bigger, you really want to start to

open up and switch to the tambourine.

And so a song like, Oh, Praise the Name, for example, I would

tell my percussionist, Okay, I want you to play the shaker for verse two.

And then when we get to the chorus, keep playing the shaker, but add

the reverb tambourine on the drum pad.

And then as we get into the bigger parts of the song, put the shaker down,

grab your tambourine, and switch to that for those final choruses to really

lift them with that top frequency.

That is the shaker.

We’ve covered tambourine, shaker.

Now we’re going to talk about the cymbal swell.

This is something that you’re not going to use that often, but basically,

what I like to do with cymbal swells is at the beginning of a song,

just giving it some texture on top of the pad and the piano as

the song is getting started, or at the end of a song,

as the band is trash canning, the drummer is hitting all

the cymbal, you can join them.

Then as the song ends and then the click track starts for the next one, 1,

2, 3, 4, 5, six, you can just keep time like this on the cymbal for some texture.

Then eventually You’re going to switch hands and then bring the shaker in.

Four, five, six, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, six.

That’s how you’re going to use the cymbal for cymbal swells.

Now, some people, if they’re really gifted, they can actually do cymbal

swells like before choruses while they’re still shaking and playing tambourine.

But again, you want to train your percussionist a little bit at a time.

Don’t overwhelm them with everything all at once.

Say, I just want you to work on shaker and tambourine this service.

And then the next service, Now I want you to try to add

a symbol swell at the end of this song.

So you can stack these things, and we haven’t even got into

the fun stuff of all the effects here, which let’s do that right now.

Typically, by the way, I’m sitting right now.

I don’t usually have my my percussionists sit, I have them standing.

I would lift this whole thing up a little bit and I would be standing.

But to show you from a top-down view, I want to be sitting so you

can see everything from the top.

The drum pad has nine samples.

Again, if you want to grab those samples for free.

You can put your email in under this video and use the samples

for your own percussion kit.

But I have an impact, a clap, a snap with reverb on it, a reverb

tambourine, a snare, a kick, a sub drop, an uplifter, and a downlifter shifter,

and I’ll explain what all those are, and I’ll also show you how to use them.

The impact is a huge boom sound.

It sounds like this.

You might be saying, Alex, when am I ever going to use a huge boom sound?

The answer is whenever you want to make an impact.

That’s why it’s called an impact.

Basically, going into any big bridge, let’s say you’re going into the bridge

of the song, Your Great Name.

Your Great Name.

One, two, three, four.

Redeemer, my healer Lord.

I know it sounds weird when it’s just by itself because

there’s no other textures happening.

But imagine the drums are going and the electric guitars are going

and it’s, boom, redeemer.

Typically, you want to hit the impact on the one count.

So anytime you’re going to go into something really big

or come out of something really big, like, Shout Jesus from the mountains.

Imagine if you hit, boom, Shout Jesus from the mountains.

It’s like, boom, it hits hard.

So that’s the impact.

Okay, clap is pretty obvious.

And this would be for the intro of the song, House of the Lord.

Before the band comes in, you could use that artificial clap.

I typically don’t use tracks that often, so I’d rather teach someone how to do it.

I don’t want computers playing music for Jesus.

I want humans playing music for Jesus, and therefore, I train my musicians

to play all the parts in the tracks.

Okay, Snap.

This is something new that I’m I used to have a hi-hat here,

like electronic hi-hat, but we never used it, so I’m trying this instead.

I think it could be cool once every eight counts in a slow

song, but we’ll see how that works.

That would be something with the shaker.

I don’t know. I’m going to try it this time.

We’ll see.

The other one that I use very often is the reverb tambourine,

and I to change this one.

I have to put a new sample back on it.

But this is great for shakers.

Let’s say verse one is just shaker.

And then a chorus.

One, two, three.


Praise the one who set me free.


Death had lost his grip on me.

You can do every four or you can do every eight.

It doesn’t really matter.

The snare will hit sometimes without it, but then you’ll put this reverb one

underneath it just to add some.

Again, this sample is not my correct sample, but

my other one was glitching out.

So whatever you download will be correct. All right.

Then I have a snare, and this is for underneath the actual snare drum.

This would be good for like, This is Amazing Grace.

This is Amazing Grace.

Now, obviously, it sounds really, really lame

because there’s no other instruments.

But imagine there’s a full band, and this is just sitting underneath

the snare every other time.

That is when you would hit the snare.

I have kick drum.

It’s like an electric kick.

That’s the beginning of tremble, the song Tremble.


Bring it all to peace.

Or the other one is Waymaker.

You are here moving in on it.

I worship you.

You could also add the Shaker if they get talented enough.

Again, you don’t want to overwhelm your new percussionists,

but as they get better, you want to train them up because eventually,

they might want to become drumbers.

This This is a great way to teach them the hand separation.

Again, kick, tambourine.

They can start to layer more and more of these with time,

but just start them simple.

Okay, sub drop.

This is one of my favourites.

Like impact, you don’t want to use sub drop too frequently.

It would be overkill, but it’s a huge sub drop that rumbles the whole sanctuary.

Obviously, I’m playing it from this tiny little cheap keyboard speaker, so it

doesn’t rumble the sanctuary right now.

But if you hit it in the sanctuary surface, it’s going to rumble everybody’s

guts, cause some bow movements. Hopefully not.

That’d be really awkward. But it’s pretty cool.

The way that you use sub drop is usually on the four count

of a break before a huge chorus.

So this song, Oh, Praise the Name, if you’re doing a building chorus.

So, Oh Lord, oh, Lord, one, two, three.

Oh, praise the name of the Lord.

Okay, so the sub drop is usually a break on four.

The rest of the band stops, but the sub drop carries through the four

to the one, and it just rumbles the room.

So the sub drop is really fun.

Two more effects that I want to show for you.


This is great for builds when the drummer is building.

So for example, let’s go back to House of the Lord, and it’s like…

Down, down, down, down, down,

The Uplifter is like…

When the band is going…

That frequency sweep is going along with them, building up higher,

higher frequencies to really make it feel like it’s going somewhere.

That’s how you would use the Uplifter anytime you’re going

to build into something big.

Then the last one I hit at the end was the downlifter.

It’s the opposite of an uplifter.

It starts with the high frequencies and gets lower like this.

This is great for any chorus, going into any chorus.

So There’s joy in the house of the Lord.

There’s joy in the house of the Lord today.

It acts the same way that an electric guitar does,

where imagine an electric guitar just came with a real big strum down.

It’s that same concept of launching you into the next section of the song.

Whether you’re going to launch into a big chorus or you’re going

to launch into a down chorus and you want the band to feel like

it’s going, and now it’s all quiet again, the downlifter is for that purpose.

That’s how you would combine all of these different things where for a song

like Reckless Love, you’re starting like this, and then you’re adding

the tambourine, and then you’re getting bigger and bigger as the song is going.

Now you’re switching to the real tambourine, and then you’re going

to hit a downlifter into the course.

Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless.

Oh, God.

Anyway, that is the percussion position.

If you listen to a lot of pop radio, or really any radio, there’s actually

so much more percussion in there than you realise.

There’s shakers, there’s tambourines, there’s toms,

there’s extra percussion elements that are really adding textures and layers to

the song and helping it grow and develop.

And this position is such a fun position, and it might not seem like it adds much,

but it actually adds so much.

Is it necessary? No.

Can you still worship Jesus without it? Yes.

But is it fun? Yes.

And is it a great training position?


And so if you have a percussionist, I would encourage you to

send this video to them and then have them come early to rehearsal.

You work on their technique with them in person and then have them

play with the band for rehearsal.

You don’t have to use them right away.

Now, also, I’ll say this, in the Worship Ministry Training Academy,

which is something that I run, I actually have in-depth training videos

and resources and documents for every single team member on your team.

I have an acoustic guitar one, an electric a guitar one, a bass guitar one, drums,

keys, background vocals, percussion.

I have training videos just like this, but even more detailed.

And not just one video, I have multiple videos per position that you can

take the link and send it to your team, and I can train your musicians for you.

You might not know how to describe what you want them to do,

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I’ve built the resources.

All you have to do is send them the links, and you can get the links by trying

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