Mastering Modern Worship Drumming

After having interviewed many worship drummers in the last 2 years, and after many conversations with the worship drummer family, we began to notice a common topic emerge. The topic of technology in music, and in our case worship music. 

Technology in Worship

In our interviews with drummers like Josh Freddy (Vertical Worship), Brendan Tan (Hillsong Y&F), Garret Goodwin (Carrie Underwood), they touch on the fact that technology in worship will be the "thing" for the next long while. Add to that the dozens and dozens of questions we receive from the worship drummer family. Here are some of them:

Is the SPD-SX good for controlling tracks in Ableton? Also am I able to put my own sounds on it?

Is there a video tutorial available to trigger backing tracks on Ableton via the SPD-SX?

I'd like to know how to do MIDI controlling in a live situation

I have a lot to learn. I don't even know where to start with my questions.

As you can see, there is a lot of excitement around using technology in worship drumming, but unfortunately, there is also a lot to learn and master. 

Mastering Modern Worship Drumming was created to help answer your questions and show you the deeper tips and tricks, all in a simple and concise way. 

What Will I Learn?

The course breaks down into two sections. Section 1 focuses on using the Roland SPD-SX for worship drumming, and section 2 focuses on how the SPD-SX and Ableton Live can be used together.

Here is an overview of the 8 videos:

SECTION 1 - Using the SPD-SX for Worship Drumming

  • Video 1 - Different Drum Pads on The Market
    • In this video we're going to be talking about the different drum pads that are on the market
  • Video 2 - Using The SPD-SX As a MIDI Controller in Ableton Live
    • In this video we'll be talking about using the Roland SPD-SX as a midi controller in Ableton Live
  • Video 3 - Essential Functions Within The SPD-SX
    • In this video we'll cover the essential functions within the SPD-SX, step by step.
  • Video 4 - SPD-SX Sound Output and Kit Placement
    • In this video we're going to talk about how to run the sound output out of the Roland SPD-SX, and we'll also dig into some of the different locations that we can set up the SPD-SX around our kit.

SECTION 2 - Mastering Modern Worship Drumming

  • Video 1 - MIDI Control
    • In this section we discuss and demonstrate the steps in order for you to use the SPD-SX as a MIDI controller with Ableton Live. 
  • Video 2 - Drum Triggers and Control Pedals
    •  In this section we discuss and demonstrate how to use drum triggers and external control pedals with the Roland SPD-SX.
  • Video 3 - Creating Drum Samples
    • In this section we discuss and demonstrate where to find samples and loops, editing them in Ableton Live, exporting samples in a format that is compatible with the SPD-SX, and importing and arranging your material into kits using WAV Manager.
  • Video 4 - Practical Application
    • In this section we show you practical demos for you that will incorporate a lot of the elements together, and show you how you can use it live in a worship situation. 

Our goal in filming the course was to provide the best content in one place to teach you the most important things you need to know to Master Modern Worship Drumming.


Since we want to equip you like never before, we wanted to pack as much value as possible for whoever buys Mastering Modern Worship Drumming.

Here's exactly what you will get when you buy the course:

  • COURSE ($197 value)
    • 8 videos + behind the scenes videos.
    • We are building a library of video content from your favourite worship drummers that will feature multi-cam footage of them playing live worship sets, as well as backstage interviews
    • 10% of every purchase will go towards donating a full drum kit, complete with Heartbeat cymbals to a Canadian church plant.
    • Connect with others in the course and learn and grow together.

Here are some screenshots of what it looks like on the inside



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