by Don Chapman
Bethel Church in Redding, CA has become one of the hottest producers of worship music – influencing the contemporary church with their songs and style.
One interesting development is their drum groove (or lack of it!) and you’ll hear this trend on many current worship recordings. Just as your electric guitarist is probably having a nervous breakdown because synths are all the rage, your worship drummer is probably throwing a fit because of the lack of a traditional pop groove.
Instead of using a typical pop drum pattern, most Bethel songs employ what I call “percolating” toms. Almost like a drum loop, these toms ebb and flow throughout an arrangement – typically showing up sparsely on a 2nd verse and building in intensity and complexity to a big finish.
You’ll hear this trend on their latest recording We Will Not Be Shaken. Watch their No Longer Slaves video for an example:
And here’s a way to isolate and hear these percolating toms by listening to the multitracks.
So, ever the mad scientist in my musical laboratory, I thought I’d try adding this drum pattern to my already Bethel-inspired arrangement of O Come All Ye Faithful (Adore.) Similarly, the toms start sparsely after an intro and chorus and gradually intensify to a big ending. Compare the original traditional pop pattern version with my new Bethel drums version:[one_second] pop drum groove version [/one_second][one_second] Bethel drums version [/one_second]
Take the poll: Which version would you be more likely to use in your own praise set?
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