For years I operated as a worship leader who did not quite understand the dynamic of Musicians and Vocalists being so different from one another. I could sense the difference in my gut, but I didn’t have the clarity to actually name it and act accordingly.
The metronome is one of the simplest, most helpful, and often most underutilized tools of the trade for musicians…
For the past several weeks we have talked about becoming a musical ninja. We outlined the different parameters for musical beat, discovered how to know what notes and chords are in each key, how those chords within a key can be represented by numbers, and even what notes make up each individual chord. Now it is time to put all of that knowledge together…
Where exactly do chords come from? Find out exactly where chords come from in today’s #WeeklyWorshipThought
Once you understand how to formulate the likely possible notes for any given key—the seven possible notes that we covered in the last chapter—we can take those seven numbers down to just the most likely four chords.
In contemporary western music, songs are typically written in a specific key and only include notes and chords that are a part of that key. In fact, each song essentially uses only seven notes over and over again. In this chapter, we will discover how to find those seven notes for each key.
Music is the combination of tones, frequencies, chords, and progressions played together over a set amount of time.
In the next several Weekly Worship Thoughts supplemental videos I will be unpacking a basic understanding of music theory to help you understand how to practically utilize the Nashville Numbers System in your context. Then… we can all be musical ninjas, wizards, and gurus as we work together to lead God’s people in musical worship.
It is weird to sing about the matchless love of Christ, the good news of the gospel, and the hope that we have in Jesus without being excited about what we are singing.
Life has a lot of distractions! Kind of like billboards and signs and other vehicles on the road, life has a lot going on. It can be hard to stay focused with so many distractions vying for attention. As worshipers, we can certainly become distracted ourselves, but as worship leaders, we must recognize this constant pull that our people face and try to help them stay focused in the midst of the distraction.
It happens to everyone. If it hasn’t happened to you yet, or recently, it will. No one is exempt. What do you do when you mess up?
When we meet together each week for congregational worship, I believe it is beneficial to bring something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue.
When it comes to leading a worship team and selecting songs that will be effective and edifying for the church, it is always a good idea to plan for the weakest link.
Worship songs can tend to be easy and rather repetitive, but that is good. There is a blessing in the boredom. The simplicity of the songs should allow worship musicians to focus on what matters most.
MAIN POINT: Many congregants are not singing along during the worship service simply because they don’t know the songs, there are too many songs being sung, and too many of the songs are not all that great.
MAIN POINT: In a typical band setting, every member has a specific role to play, and only that role.