Have you ever thought about how little time is spent on understanding that small yet significant space in a setlist? It’s really a fascinating thought. How much silence is too much? What’s the best way to create seamless transitions? How do you allow for spontaneous while still keeping some amount of intentionality between songs?
The answer, of course, is finessed at best.
Join Me For A Workshop:
Masterful Transitions, The Art Of The In-Between
In this 90 minute workshop, we cover the following:
I’m the keyboardist for the worship team Jesus Culture, while attending Bethel Church. For 17 years, I've spent thousands of hours learning about keys, synths, and sound design. I’ve also recorded on 70+ albums, including artists from Jesus Culture Music, Bethel Music, as well as my own.
Through my online schools, I’ve trained over 1600 keyboardists from around the world. Known for my unique ability to simplify otherwise complex synthesis topics, I’ve been a featured instructor at many different conferences and schools, including Gateway Conference in Southlake TX, and Worship U in Redding CA.
In Jan 2016, I launched Synth University – an online school and community who’s aim is to help people reach their full potential in worship keys – in record time.
The point of this workshop is simple - you’ve likely noticed and felt when transitions become awkward. And let’s face it - it’s really quite important.
Here are a few examples of transitions that I’ve been a part of that turned into something a little more… see if you recognize any of them...
These moments all represent a point in time that things could have gone terribly wrong! If Josh (drums) or I were antsy and pulled the trigger early… we could have completely changed the history of Jesus Culture. Crazy!
Over the past 17 years with Jesus Culture and Bethel, I’ve made mastering the art of transitions a passion of mine. On February 3rd, at 4:00pm PST, I’ll share with you what I’ve learned.
My workshops are designed to be both practical and profound. You’ll learn something, you’ll have “aha!” moments, and you’ll want to take notes - BUT you’ll definitely leave with new practical tips, tricks, and strategies to apply the principles I teach - in your scenario (team, band, etc.)
This workshop will be great for any keys player on any worship team, no matter the size. There are things you only learn with experience and on-stage time… let me share with you what I’ve learned from the past 17 years - I know it will be right for you.
Don't get me wrong- you could come up with an action plan to work on transitions, and quite possibly find some. However, this is the kind of information you can only really learn, really "get it," from on-stage experience, or from a mentor of some kind. And without someone to help - who knows how long it would take to learn?
Don't go at it alone - learn from my mistakes and my failures!
Q: I'm a complete newbie! Is this a good workshop for me?
A: Yes! This workshop will be very much applicable to every skill level. Newbies can expect to build on a solid foundation. Having the concepts I'll teach established early in your journey is actually a huge advantage - as you learn, you'll be building upon that foundation.
Q: I'm a genius! Is this a good workshop for me?
A: Yes! This workshop will be very much applicable to every skill level. In all honesty, I see very very few "pros" pull off seriously great transitions. Whether savvy band, cool charismatic church, or mega church suit-and-tie... every context has specific weaknesses we will address.
Q: My gear looks like ______ (insert software/hardware here)... is this a good workshop for me?
A: Yes! There won't be any restriction on gear. I teach frequently with Ableton/Reason, but these are larger concepts than software/hardware. No matter who you are or what gear you have, your path to Masterful Transitions is going to be the same basic idea. A pad is a pad. A feeling or sense is a feeling or sense. A moment is a moment. I'll address the issues in ways that nearly anyone can take and apply.
Q: Is this live?
A: Unfortunately not. It is a pre recorded video streamed live. I do try to preserve the feeling a live event however - there is a chat etc etc. I'll be around in the chat to hang as well.