“Every stroke the Lord lays on them with His punishing club will be to the music of timbrels (drums) and harps, as he fights them in battle with the blows of his arm”
Being a worship drummer in a worship team is not about “just playing” the drums. You are releasing something in the spiritual realm with your drumming. If you are aligning your heart with heaven and listening for the Holy Spirit, you can actually be a part of releasing God’s will on earth! The drums have a tremendous impact and authority, and a worship drummer should definitely focus on both musical skills and the spiritual dimension of playing worship. There is no “recipe” for how to play prophetically on the drums, but there are some concepts that will help you to develop a “ toolbox” or a library of grooves and ideas that seems to work well in a spontaneous flow, but you can also pull these ideas out in any setting you’re playing in.
This “drum exercises for prophetic drummers” pack is included in the full course “Worship & prophetic drumming. If you are interested in knowing more about the prophetic dimension in worship, what Scripture says about prophesying with instruments and the practical side of being a worship drummer, you should definitely take the full course. However, we wanted to make these drumming exercises available on their own. If you only want to get some inspiration for your drumming and not pay for the full course, here are the drumming videos available for you to purchase. This pack contains 27 video teachings and PDF’s where Anne-Linda through 6 levels specifically demonstrates many of her “signature” grooves and other concepts that she finds useful when playing worship, in particular some concepts that she finds very useful when playing prophetically, mainly focusing on how you can build grooves and fills from sticking patterns (rudiments) and linear concepts (hand and foot combinations).
Have you ever considered the endless opportunities you have if you know just a few different sticking patterns? Did you know that the paradiddle can be played as an awesome disco groove over a 4 on the floor kick, as a funk groove or as a halftime groove? The paradiddle can be orchestrated in a ton of different ways to create exactly the sound or groove you are looking for, for instance a tribal sounding tom groove or a snare drum groove. Or, have you tried to create half time shuffle grooves using the double paradiddle or the paradiddle diddle? Using rudiments and sticking patterns to create grooves will definitely spark your creativity and open up a whole world of new opportunities to play different types of grooves and many different genres. Have you ever tried to create linear tom grooves out of the many different hand and foot combinations? They are often used as fills, but the opportunities you have to create different tom grooves with those patterns are amazing. There are no limits for where you can take the rudiments and patterns demonstrated in this course, but this will get you started.
This is not a course where you will learn to play basic grooves and fills, but it is a demonstration of useful concepts that you can keep developing yourself, regardless of which level you are at. Some of the material is for beginners and some of it is more suitable for intermediate players, but everyone can benefit from this content and get new creative ideas. In addition to the demonstrations in the videos, you will find reference sheets in every level with links to other videos on Youtube for further studies. You will therefore find more material you can work with than just what you get in this course. If you find the material here to be too difficult, you can work with it over time and check out those videos on Youtube to work with the more basic stuff first. For intermediate drummers there are links to some really awesome and challenging material if you find some of the content in this pack too easy.
This course also includes some bonus material about practicing and playing with the click, in addition to a couple of videos about developing "signature" and releasing sounds from heaven. We also added a conversation with worship leader and founder of "Disciples of worship", Mary Elizabeth Kolsrud, where she talks about the qualities she is looking for in drummers.