I was very happy to receive my BeatBuddy last week and have got to work putting together a first set of songs. I’m looking to use it in one or more of the bands that I lead at church. Looking through the forums, this seems to be quite a popular application for the BB. And given the very large number of small churches that find it hard to put together a regular band with a solid drummer each week, I figure that this has the potential to be a significant customer segment for the BB.
The repertoire of songs at our church is largely consistent with the top songs being played in churches (eg, see: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLcHqC9YNzSaB621igMmxfeMUvroQqYr3L ).
But going through the BB’s preloaded beats, it strikes me that there is a great opportunity for someone to put together sets of beats specifically targeted for churches playing the modern repertoire of worship songs. I’ve checked out the thread ‘What Church Songs Work with which BB setting?’ but the modern repertoire isn’t really addressed.
Some of the particular aspects of these modern songs are:
Many of the songs have relatively complex snare and tom patterns, eg: songs from Hillsong, including Cornerstone, Man Of Sorrows, This I Believe (The Creed)
There are some in 3/4, 6/8 and 12/8 with beats that aren’t typical in other forms of popular music, eg: In Christ Alone, Jesus Paid It All, Indescribable
[*]Dynamic variation is often quite pronounced.
I’m not aware of a source for MIDI files for these beats. But I do think it would make the BB attractive to small churches if it were easy to upload the range of beats that we use from Sunday to Sunday.
Any ideas or suggestions?