Rhythm is the most fundamental element in every style and genre of music, the heartbeat of the song. However simple it might be, you must have it; clapping hands, a tambourine, or even singing.

Multitrack Demonstration

During the NTCC Spring Conference 2010 in Graham, WA, we hosted a musical workshop called “Mastering your Music”. During this class we gave several demonstrations. When music is recorded, each instrument or voice is recorded on a separate track. In the demonstrations, we took a very complex, confusing piece of music and muted one track at a time, until we heard only the rhythm; the drums and bass, and little else. This was to demonstrate how simple the foundation of even a complex song really is. That means, you can make rhythm in many different ways and, even if it’s simple, it is very effective. You don’t have to make it harder than it really is.

Tractor Demonstration

The Tractor demonstration was to show how simple rhythm really is. Look at this tractor video from Youtube at the URL;


Notice that the basic RHYTHM is the tractor. Once they begin to play, one acoustic guitar plays chords providing more rhythm, reinforced by the Bass Guitar. The other guitar is playing the TUNE, i.e., the MELODY. They don’t need drums since the tractor does such a good job! This demonstrates the simplest form of rhythm, which is all that these guys needed to provide a foundation for their rendition of Sweet Georgia Brown. Whatever you use to create your foundation for your church music, if it is consistent like the tractor motor, it will work. A metronome is a useful device to help you develop consistent rhythm. This is one CRITICAL thing a drummer, tambourine player, hand-clapper or whatever, must have.

Advanced Rhythm Demonstration

In this demonstration, we produced a complex rhythm using many simple parts, played by different people using primitive instruments like a gourd, a washboard, spoons and frogs.Yes, you heard that right; hollow, wooden frogs with serrated backs, played by dragging a wooden stick across them. It was hilarious, and I wish someone would give me video of it if they have it. I would put it up online.

There’s no identifiable key (C, D, or F) to a song that is all  drums and percussion instruments; not until Bass or a Melody is added, is there an actual KEY.  The melody is the tune of the song, and is produced by singing, or an instrument, etc.

  One Response to “Rhythm – (Pt 1)”

  1. Sir what are your thoughts on the electronic drums which allows you to turn the sound up or down and also create some effects in the rhythm section?