The Bass (1935-69) Players You Need to Know

Time to lay down the groove and get to know some of the most influential electric bass players of all time! The first video covers notable players from 1935 (the year the electric bass was invented), through 1969. More to come!

Original Video Posted from ”Scott’s Bass Lessons”

Posted on September 17, 2018 .

John Rutter - The Importance of Choir

"So much of the world is at odds with itself, that just to express what it's like when human beings are in harmony; that's a lesson for our times and for all time." John Rutter offers some wonderful insight on the importance of Choir in our churches, schools, and lives. Rutter is a very well respected choral composer. Some of his major works include Gloria (1974), Requiem (1985), Magnificat (1990). 

Posted on February 28, 2018 .

Dr. Steve Kellner - How to Practice

We all know we have to practice as musicians, but many musicians would say that they were never taught how to practice properly. Thankfully, Dr. Steve Kellner has begun a series of videos that cover this topic in detail.

Dr. Kellner played euphonium with the Marine band for many years, and is the Assistant Divisional Music Director in the NCV division. He brings many years of experience and thought to this topic, and it is something all musicians, no matter your instrument, should check out!

We would like to thank our friends in the NCV music department, as they have given us permission to post these videos.

Posted on January 9, 2018 .

John Patitucci - Bass Lessons

John Patitucci is a world-renowned bass player who has played with the likes of ChicK Corea, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, and many more. He is an accomplished solo artist, and a passionate educator. This playlist shows some of the educational videos he has released over the years. These videos demonstrate technique, exercises, theory, and more. They are insightful and challenging for bass players of all levels. 

Note that the instruction in the first video starts at the 3:00 mark.

Posted on November 8, 2017 .

Eric Ball - Band Training

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Eric Ball is one of the Titans of Salvation Army Music. His compositions helped pave the way for more complex music to make it's way into the brass bands of The Salvation Army. His compositions are still regarded as some of the most meaningful and difficult  music in the Army repertoire.

In this series of articles, Eric Ball discusses aspects of band training and leadership.

Posted on October 18, 2017 .

Paul Baloche - Worship Workshops

Paul Baloche is a well known songwriter, worship leader, and educator. He has written or co-written many well known praise and worship songs, such as "Open the Eyes of My Heart", "Offering", "Hosanna (Praise is Rising)", "Today is the Day", and many others. He also has a passion for training worship bands to play at a higher level. His worship workshops are must-see's for any praise and worship musician. Many more resources of his are available on YouTube and at his website,

Posted on October 18, 2017 .

Leonard Bernstein

Leonard Bernstein is the greatest American classical musician. His work with the New York Philharmonic and many other musical ensembles established a standard and precedent for the interpretation, conducting, and performance of music. Recordings of his ensembles have become a guide for others to model their work after. He also has composed many works in multiple genres, including opera, orchestra, musicals, and more. One of his most well known works is the score to West Side Story. Bernstein was also interested in music education, and he was the first conductor to give a series of television lectures on classical music. 

This playlist is a small collection of videos that feature Leonard Bernstein conducting and teaching. His flamboyant character and unquestioned mastery of his craft make all of these entertaining, easy to watch, and incredibly insightful.

Posted on October 18, 2017 .

Philip Smith - Auditions

Mr. Philip Smith is arguably the greatest living trumpet player on the planet. The scope of his influence on trumpet playing cannot be overstated. In The Salvation Army, we have a special connection to Mr. Smith, as he grew up playing in Army brass bands. 

This masterclass discusses the process of preparing for and taking auditions. This invaluable insight delves into the approach of the one auditioning, as well as discussing what the auditioned will be listening for. As always, Mr. Smith is not shy about sharing his faith and the role that plays in his musical life. This masterclass is a must see for all musicians!

Posted on October 18, 2017 .