Creativity in the Loop

Enhancing Your Band With Loops

As a worship leader, you want to make sure your band sounds the best. You’re never going to do it until you push yourself to learn. It’s not beyond your grasp, in fact, creativity is right there at your fingertips, we will show you how…

Developing these skills in your team will help you excel in music and in leading your church in worship.

If you are tired of the same-ole-same-ole, then listen up!
Let’s face it, you need to tweak both the sound and the creativity of your band. There are a plethora of tools to help enhance the sound. However, what you may not know is that you don’t need to do everything. All you need is a few tricks to make the music (and your players) come alive.

Let’s look at three main things you can do to make your music roar: Melodic Movements, Groove and Click.

Just give me the facts
When you listen to songs, what do you hear? Does your attention go to the drums, the guitars or the keyboard synth and loops?

If you’re like anybody, you will hear all of the above, a wall of sound and then some. You may even come to the crossroads of saying: “now, what do I do?”


1. Focus on What Drives the Song
Songs are based on the simplicity of melody. If you can create a melody of 3-4 notes, sing to it, stretch it into a verse, compact it into the chorus and sprinkle a bit over the band parts – you have a song.

For example, look at the song “The Lion and The Lamb” by Leeland Mooring, Brenton Brown and Brian Johnson.

As we move through this song, we will explore both styles to play: Digital Instruments and Acoustic Instruments.

No two bands are alike. You have some that use electronic instruments and loops, while others combine your standard 4 piece band: guitar, bass, drums and piano.

This post will help you break-down each of the sections to give you a better idea of how to approach the music on your own.



2. Melodic Movements

Take a snap-shot of the melody. Let’s look at the intro and the key note movements. If we were to break down the melody in its simplest form we would really be talking about four notes.

Featured track: “The Lion and The Lamb”

We are playing this song in the Key of G. From the scale of G, we have these notes that make up the melody: G, A, B, C (also numbers 1, 2, 3, 4)

These four notes are the primary building blocks of framing not only the melody, but also the entire song.

The beginning of the song also has an arpeggiation of the notes above, with a few added color notes (7ths). They are played by a sequence/loop from either a multitrack program like Ableton or even a synth-keyboard that may have a similar patch sound.

Intro: When we hear the keyboard/guitar lick in the intro, the sequence is ordered as:

1, 2-2, 3-3, | 1, 2-2, 4 – 3 – 6
– this is the key-note (melodic) movement

“The Lion and the Lamb”
– learn these notes on your piano/guitar
– learn to listen to the type of patch/tone playing the melody
– understand how it’s being played

Rule of thumb when looking at songs:
– learning the key-note movements
– identify the primary instruments: electric lead: type of effect, keyboard: type of patch
– break-down the melody into simple notes: play the opening melody
– isolate the notes
– match the right instruments to the music: listen to how the parts are being played
– who’s driving the car and why/how does it work?

What is being shown above are the two ways you can play by a digitized sequenced/keyboard version, and an organic acoustic instrument version.

“Worship goes far beyond the music.” @BranonDempsey


3. Groove
It’s all about that bass and treble. The groove is defined as the rhythm and interplay between the bass and drums. The bass provides the lower register melodic movement and/or anchor; the drums provide the rhythm and syncopation.

It’s difficult to have one without the other, they work hand in hand: primarily the kick drum and bass should be one solid instrument.

Opening Groove in the Intro and Verse
The Bass is playing in a 16th note rhythm. Each note is smooth and even. There are no accents or ticks. It moves right along with the keyboard/piano loop sequence.

The Drums are playing with a 16th note syncopation pattern. Accenting the first down-beat pattern – every other bar, with a few accents in between. The hi-hat is playing straight ahead 16th notes. Snare is playing 2 & 4, with a few alternative back beats / ghost notes.

This section is the root of the song. It holds all the other syncopation together in the piano, keys and guitar parts.

In this arrangement, you can program bass and drums to play the 16th note parts to help enhance the song. However, if you do not use loops, your drummer and bass can simplify.


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