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Language of Music with Tom Brooks

The following art excerpts from the DVD that comes with Worship Musician! Presents The Language of Music by Tom Brooks. Check out more of his video lessons here.

Pitch

 

Key Signatures

 

How to Read a Chord Chart

More

 

In The Language of Music, Tom Brooks demystifies and explains the basic building blocks of music in a simple, clear, straightforward way – essential knowledge that every worship musician needs to perfect his craft. The book offers a practical, real-world approach to all the fundamental concepts; music theory and harmony, chord construction, scales, key signatures, chord relationships, transposition, modulation, chart reading, and basic arranging, along with tips on how to practice more efficiently and rehearse more effectively, and much more. The focus is on contemporary praise and worship; music that is inspiring the church in the 21st century. The book comes with a DVD-ROM that features videos of the author guiding you step by step through each chapter of the book.

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Tips for Worship Drummers

Carl Albrecht is the author of The Worship Drum Book. Here are some video tutorial excerpts from the DVD.

CHOOSING CYMBALS

Basic Snare Tuning & Wire Adjustments

Kick Drum Tuning

Tom Tuning and Pitch Interval Choices 

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The Worship Drum Book 

The Worship Drum Book: Concepts to Empower Excellence is a powerful guide for drummers in contemporary churches and for drummers in traditional churches who are making the transition from worship supported by organ or piano to worship supported by a full rhythm section.

With over 30 years of experience in the modern worship movement, author Carl Albrecht has a vast knowledge of what drummers need to know to adapt to modern music’s being brought into the church. The adoption of drums into church worship services is sometimes a very controversial issue, so Albrecht shares ways that drummers can be sensitive to the congregation and leaders and yet play with authority and confidence.

Developing great drumming skills along with an understanding of spiritual matters is of the utmost importance. Therefore, while this book addresses important traditional drumming techniques and concepts, it also explains the unique role that drummers – or musicians of any sort – have as minstrels in the house of the Lord.

In this book, Albrecht also shares concepts to help touring music groups and worship artists who are called outside the church walls. He and his wife, Leann, minister to churches and worshippers all around the world while also sharing an active ministry in their home church in Nashville.

More Tips for Studio One Users

William Edstrom Jr. is the author of Studio One for Engineers and Producers.  Here are some video tutorial excerpts from the DVD.  For more tips on Studio One, check out this post about Larry the O’s series, Power Tools for Studio One 2.  

RECORDING TO LAYERS

Setting Tempo of Imported Audio Tutorial

Comping Example

Audio Bend Examples

Find more great tutorials for DAWS software and other music-related skills on our MusicPro Guides YouTube channel!

Studio One for Engineers and Producers

Studio One for Engineers and Producers is specifically designed to help engineers and producers who are already comfortable using another DAW software platform make the transition to Studio One. Text, illustrations, and video examples (on the accompanying DVD-ROM) demonstrate the creative, practical, and technical benefits provided by PreSonus in this modern, well-developed, flexible, and user-friendly application. All instruction is presented in straightforward and simple language that gets right to the point, taking into consideration the need for amateurs, home studio owners, and commercial professionals to get up to speed very quickly.

This Quick Pro Guide starts by relating Studio One’s layout and functionality to other common DAWs, to identify the most important similarities and differences. It then follows the creative process through the normal progression of a modern recording/production, to help the reader get to work as soon as possible. This new cross-platform (Mac/PC) DAW is built from the ground up for speed, efficiency, and power; Studio One for Engineers and Producers is the perfect tool to shorten the pathway from installation to inspiration!

More Tips for Pro Tools 10 Users

Glenn Lorbecki is the author of Power Tools for Pro Tools 10, and 2 books in Hal Leonard’s Quick Pro Guide series, Tracking Instruments and Vocals with Pro Tools and Mixing and Mastering with Pro Tools. Below are excerpts from the DVD that comes with Power Tools for Pro Tools 10.

SETTING UP A ROUGH MIX

More video tips for Pro Tools 10:
Using Direct Plug-ins

Recording and Playback
Automation

See also: Tips for Pro Tools Users from Tracking Instruments and Vocals with Pro Tools

Find more great tutorials for DAWS software and other music-related skills on ourMusicPro Guides YouTube channel!

Power Tools for Pro Tools 10 provides a detailed look inside one of Avid’s most exciting Pro Tools releases yet. Instructor, certified Pro Tools trainer, and award-winning producer/engineer Glenn Lorbecki will walk you through the best ways to get the most of out of Pro Tools 10. See and experience the new features incorporated in this powerful software offering, all the way from the new ways it handles data, memory, and gain functions to some seemingly small updates that make a huge difference in your productivity. This focused and comprehensive guide provides excellent instruction in the newest Pro Tools 10 features; at the same time, it establishes a foundation of technical and creative protocol that will help beginning and intermediate users – as well as seasoned professionals – establish the most expedient work flow while recording, processing, and mixing the highest quality audio.

Tips for Studio One Users

Larry the O is the author of both volumes of Power Tools for Studio One 2. Below are some excerpts from the DVD that comes with the first volume.

TEMPO TRACK

MAKING A COMP

Find more great video tutorials like these on our MusicPro Guides YouTube channel!

Power Tools for Studio One 2 is an introduction to the newest and one of the most interesting Digital Audio Workstation programs: PreSonus Studio One. Created by PreSonus in partnership with the design and programming team that created Nuendo and parts of Cubase, Studio One has quickly gained popularity since its release for its ease of use, workflow orientation, and great sound.

Tips for Pro Tools Users

Glenn Lorbecki is the author of Power Tools for Pro Tools 10, and 2 books in Hal Leonard’s Quick Pro Guide series, Tracking Instruments and Vocals with Pro Tools and Mixing and Mastering with Pro Tools. Below are excerpts from the DVD that comes with Tracking Instruments and Vocals with Pro Tools.

USING PLAYLISTS

Rough Mix Tutorial

Window Configuration

Headphone Mix Tutorial

Importing Audio

Basic EQ Tutorial

Edit Window Controls

Find more great tutorials for DAWS software and other music-related skills on our MusicPro Guides YouTube channel!

Tracking Vocals and Instruments with Pro Tools is an indispensable guide to getting the most out of your music and your PT rig. Multiplatinum engineer/producer Glenn Lorbecki shows you step by step how to record vocals and a wide array of musical instruments.

Tips for DJs

DJ Shortee is the author of Spin Now! Here are some video excepts from the DVD that comes with her book. Great advice for all you aspiring DJs!

USING MANUAL ADJUSTMENTS

More DJing tips from DJ Shortee
Simple Blend

Basic EQ Mix

Release Scratch

Baby Release Combo

Baby Release with Cross-fader

Find more great tutorials for a variety of music-related skills on our MusicPro Guides YouTube channel!

DJ like a pro on any type of gear! Spin Now! puts you on the fast track to DJing, whether you want to be a digital DJ or vinyl junkie. In this book and accompanying DVD-ROM, Los Angeles DJ, world-class turntablist, producer, and classroom instructor DJ Shortee teaches you everything you need to know so you can start mixing tunes like the pros!

Tips for Reason Users

Andrew Eisele is the author of Power Tools for Reason 6 and two books in Hal Leonard’s Quick Pro Guide series, The Power in Reason and Sound Design and Mixing in Reason. Below are some excerpts from DVDs that come with his books, great tools for users of the DAWS program, Reason. Visit our MusicPro Guides YouTube channel for more useful videos like these.

BASIC RECORDING AND EDITING

More tips from Andrew Eisele
Reason Overview

Synthesizers

Drums

Sequencing Drums

Samplers

Mixing Tips

Visit our Power in Reason playlist and our Pro Tools for Reason 6 playlist for tips on effects, mastering, automation, creating motion, quantizing MIDI, adding warm distortion, and more!

Power Tips for Logic Pro Users

Dot Bustelo is the author of the Hal Leonard’s Quick Guide books, The Power in Logic Pro and Logic Pro for Recording Engineers and Producers. Below, you’ll find excerpts from the DVDs that come with the books, useful information for Logic Pro users.

KEY COMMANDS

More free Power Tips on Logic Pro from Dot Bustelo:

Modifying Key Commands

Beat Mapping

Channel Strip Settings

Zooming

Grouping

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The Power in Logic Pro and Logic Pro for Recording Engineers and Producers are books in Hal Leonard’s QUICK PRO GUIDES series, tutorials for various DAWS products written by experts.