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Dropout is just as bad as feedback. Even intermittent dropout can ruin an otherwise wonderful service. An unbroken line of sight between the transmitter and the receiver’s antennas is ideal, but seldom is that possible. More times than not, the wireless signal must rebound off of walls and other surfaces to reach the receiver, and that increases the risk of dropout. If you put a bodypack transmitter in your back pocket, the signal (unable to pass through you) will have to find an alternative path to the receiver. So, to minimize the risk of signal dropout, keep your bodypack in your front jacket pocket. Another major problem is broadband noise and radio interference. If your church is in a city, chances are that an inexpensive entry-level wireless system simply won’t work for you. The same precision technology responsible for the high simultaneous channel count common to most high-end professional wireless systems is responsible for shutting out noise and radio interference. Digital wireless systems, which reject noise and other nondigital signals out of hand, are excellent cost-effective alternatives to traditional wireless systems. All professional wireless receivers are “true diversity” receivers, which means that they use two independent antennas. That way, if the wireless signal doesn’t reach one antenna, it can still reach the other. Quality wireless receivers have antennas that twist off, allowing you to mount them on stands and spread them out. Separating your antennas vastly increases their effectiveness. Even spreading your antennas out just a few feet and moving them away from your other gear will vastly improve your system’s performance. Also, if you have a multichannel wireless system, you may also need an antenna distribution system, which will allow you to connect only a single pair of antennas to multiple receivers. Whether your future wireless system is a single-channel, single-speaker setup or a larger system for the whole worship team, it should effectively and accurately spread the message. Unfortunately, many budget-priced wireless systems may make it difficult and unpleasant for your congregation to hear that message. If the number of quality wireless systems you need is beyond your current budget, practice wise stewardship and save your money until you can afford the system that your house of worship deserves. There are excellent single-channel wireless systems that you can start with and expand later. Your Sweetwater Sales Engineer will be happy to help you find the right system for your church.

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Whether you’re looking for a simple instrument that just plays and sounds like a real acoustic piano, or you’re seeking a powerful centerpiece for all your worship team’s ambitions, there’s a digital piano that’s right for your church. To help you zero in on the perfect keyboard for your needs, let’s take a look at the different kinds of keyboards available, as well as the important factors you’ll want to consider when making your decision. When Less Is More
Many church pianists we work with often feel overwhelmed by the number of choices out there — and even more so by the number of knobs, buttons, and controls on keyboards. “All I need,” they tell us, “is an instrument that plays like an acoustic piano and has a fantastic natural piano sound.” If this sounds like you, you’ll want to select what’s called a stage piano — and ideally one with a full set of 88 weighted keys (also called weighted action). These keyboards actually mimic the response of a grand piano’s keybed, where the lowest keys require more force to strike, and the upper keys feel light and airy beneath your fingertips. To nail the sound of an acoustic piano, today’s top keyboard manufacturers have gone to great lengths to record some of the finest grand pianos in the world, putting these sounds right inside the instruments. Not only can you get the sound of a classic Steinway, but on many you can also push a single button to get the sound of a Bosendorfer, a Yamaha C7, or a character-filled upright. If you’re replacing an acoustic piano, you should consider the importance of aesthetics to your church. If you have more-traditional services or are seeking a really natural look up on the platform, then you may want to choose a more authentic-looking stage piano. We have options available with wooden cabinets, in a variety of finishes, so you can choose an instrument that matches the decor of your church.

Ideal for Contemporary While streamlined, piano-like instruments are ideal for a number of $ 00 Worship Songs worship leaders and church pianists, many other houses of worship rely on More info on pg. 104 keyboards for much more than just piano sounds. In fact, if you’re a pianocentric worship leader, you may very well be able to perform and produce your entire service with a single powerful instrument called a keyboard workstation. More than just keyboards with hundreds, sometimes thousands, of instrument sounds, these instruments often feature multitrack sequencers, so you can layer all the different instrument parts into a full orchestration. Kurzweil PC3K8 ennheiser $ 95 It’s very similar to working with audio editing and production software, only>>Sennheiser Amazing Feel and $ 00 you’re not tethered to a computer — and you can easily play these backing EW 335 G3Piano Sounds info on pg. 20 More tracks right from your keyboard during services. And even if you do have More info on pg. 98 Churches across the country swear by a complete worship band, you can use a workstation to add a few choice this pro-level UHF wireless system! backing instruments to fill out your sound — perhaps a second trumpet part, a string section, or even an extra kick drum sound for more power.

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Building a Mix
It’s bound to happen at some point: the mix disaster. Maybe your church’s regular sound person calls in sick at the last minute. Maybe the new volunteer sound person doesn’t know a volume slider from a sliding door, or a mixing board from a mixing bowl. Whatever the circumstance, something has to be done to save the service. Without decent sound, the congregation won’t be engaged or inspired by the music, and the message may be completely lost.
Though creating the perfect sound mix for a service is a true art, a sound person with little or no mixing experience can still achieve good sonic clarity and deliver the message with pleasant and effective audio. Here are some tips for saving the day with a quick, last-minute mix — whether you are working the sound booth yourself or have the help of a volunteer. system may not be perfect — forewarning the team that everything may not be ideal will go a long way toward easing the process for everyone. At least they will know what to expect!

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spikes in sound. Ask each worship team member what he or she needs to hear from the monitors — one at a time so that everyone doesn’t speak at once — and adjust the auxiliary sends accordingly.

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As you take a look at the keyboards featured on the next few pages, these five factors will help you start narrowing down your decision:

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Performance Ready with If you don’t need the all-out power of a workstation, but you’d still like a $ 00 Powerful Features handful of cutting-edge capabilities — maybe built-in drum patterns for More info on pg. 97 rehearsals and a lighter sequencer for a quick songwriting sketch pad — there are a number of options that fall somewhere in between the two categories we’ve already mentioned. Instead of choosing an 88-key option, which has the same number of keys as a full piano, you can select a 76-key (or smaller) version. These instruments trade a slightly reduced range (many Nord C2D keyboardists never use the highest and lowest keys anyway) for lighter 00 Wireless Breaking Through thebe a$little daunting at first. But don’t worry, wireless systems technology can Price/Performance Barrier weight and a more portable form factor. You can still get fully weighted keys More info on pg. than ever before. Most wireless systems set on a 76-key piano, or you can choose a semi-weighted version that works well much easier to understand today103 are if you perform a blend of classic and modern instrument sounds, rather than themselves up for you, and once you’ve set them up, you don’t need to touch them strictly piano.

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13. Don’t try to overtune the mix, and don’t make it too loud.
Set things up so that they are clean and clear, and at a comfortable, conservative volume level. Then stop! Once you get to the point where it sounds okay — this should happen fairly quickly — stop tweaking the knobs. It’s easy to lose perspective and get lost in knob turning, even though the goal has already been achieved.

9. Turn up the volume faders for the vocals.
Now focus on the vocals. Set them to a comfortable level, balanced against the bass guitar and the bass drum. The lead vocalist needs to be the loudest, with the background or harmony vocals filling in behind.

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Turn on the speakers or the amplifiers last; this prevents loud thumps and pops from coming through the system.

10. Turn up the volume faders on the other instruments.
One at a time, begin turning up the other instruments. Start with the rest of the drums, then the guitars, the pianos, the keyboards, and any other instruments; adjust the volume as needed. Balance each one against the vocals, the bass drum, and the bass guitar. This is a place where you can err on the side of being conservative. The vocals are the main focus, and you want to ensure that they are clearly audible. Use the other instruments to fill around the vocals, without obscuring them. As you go, adjust the master volume fader to control the overall level.

14. Here’s a final tip.
When in doubt, focus on making the vocals, whether spoken or sung, clearly audible. The congregation is there to hear the message, which is contained in the words and lyrics. The music is inspiring and essential to a great service, but it plays just a supporting role in the grand scheme of things. Ensure that the vocals are heard, and the service will be a success!

1. Keep it simple.
Unfortunately, mix emergencies rarely occur when you have loads of spare time to work on a solution — it almost always happens minutes before the service is supposed to start. While your sound booth may have racks of processors and sophisticated audio equipment, now is >> Line 6 $ 99 not the time to experiment with effects or to randomly XD-V35 More info on minimum you start turning knobs. Focus on the barepg. 19 An affordable digital wireless the special need to get the job done. Leave system such effects for as time. another this one provides reliable performance.

5. Reset the mixing board.
Begin by pulling all the volume sliders (faders) down to zero. (Usually these are found at the bottom of each channel on the mixer.) Set the channel gain to a mid position (Usually this knob is found at the top of each channel on the mixer.) Next, reset all the equalization (tone) controls on the mixer to their center position, which is essentially off. Turn the auxiliary or monitor sends off. Make sure that mute or solo buttons are disengaged. (Usually these buttons are off in the up position.) Set the master volume fader to about 50%.

Do you want keys that are weighted to feel and play just like an acoustic piano’s? Or do you want keys that glide beneath your fingers so that you can easily play synth and organ parts?

2. Sounds

Do you primarily need an authentic acoustic piano sound, or would you like to have other sounds such as strings, synths, electric pianos, organs, and more?

3. Arranging/Recording Capabilities

Will you be composing songs with your keyboard? If so, you may want to have a built-in sequencer, onboard drum sounds, and a direct-to-computer connection.

Increasing in popularity are keyboards that feature a built-in microphone again. Here’s a simple overview of wireless microphone technology, how you can put input. These are perfect for the performing worship leader and great for it to work in your church, and how to avoid some common pitfalls. scaled-down youth services. The vocal microphone goes right through the There are keyboard’s output, so you’ll need to amplify only one signal. Better yet, Yamaha S90 XS two basic types of wireless transmitters: handheld units and bodypacks. Handheld units combine a microphone and a wireless transmitter into one device. there are professional vocal effects built in, so you can refine the vocal sound Perfect Blend of Ease of $ 99 They without having to purchase an extra piece of gear. Use and Deep Features are extremely convenient for worship leaders, and even some pastors prefer them because info on pg. 96 move a handheld microphone away from your mouth if you More you can Don’t Forget About Realistic Organ Sounds need to cough. Wireless handheld microphones are also less susceptible to dropout, because the transmitter part of the The organ is still a very popular instrument for worship services. And while unit naturally points out toward the receiving antennas. most of the keyboards we carry feature a built-in organ sound, you can get that organ-playing experience — complete with drawbars — by choosing a dedicated instrument for the task. Have more questions? Our Sales Engineers are here to help you choose the best keyboard for your church’s goals. In fact, what you see in Worship Sound Pro is just a small sampling of the many keyboards we have available. Give us a call today at (800) 222–4700.

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2. Use what’s already there.
Hopefully, your sound system is already set up, the cables and the snake are run to the mixer, and the monitors are tuned in to prevent feedback. Plug the mics into the mixer or snake in their usual positions. Try to use the same “old standby” microphones and other gear you usually use — again, now is not the time to experiment with new gear!

11. It’s time for the equalizers.
Up to this point, we haven’t touched the equalizers (tone controls) on the mixer. If you find that the sound is getting too bassy or boomy, use the “low” or bass tone control to reduce the bass frequencies a small amount on instruments such as bass guitar, keyboards, and piano. Vocalists, especially male vocalists, may also need their bass reduced a small amount. To increase the clarity of a vocal or an instrument, add a small amount of treble or high frequencies by using the tone controls on that mixer channel. Be careful with the tone controls, as overuse can lead to feedback!

4. Size and Portability

Choosing a 76-key keyboard instead of a full-size 88-key instrument can be a great way to cut down on weight while maintaining a first-class playing experience.

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How important is it that your church’s keyboard resemble an acoustic piano? Do you want an integrated stand, or would you prefer to use a more portable stage-style keyboard stand?

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I have personally taken graphite guitars to the extreme of weather conditions (from a wintry minus 10 degrees in Edmonton. and playability – all the pieces that combine into making an acoustic guitar to be a great guitar. Sure enough. with a treble that rings clear and bright and a bass that is warm without being muddy. But before you start that conversation. Not so however with this composite graphite guitar. (and nice On a recent flight to Anaheim for the bass). Another feature I like is that when you buy a wood guitar with a solid top you are told the customary “just wait about 7 years for the wood to age and the sound will get sweeter as time goes by”. five minutes d e e p later I see her walking my hardshell guitar case down the aisle to have it placed below in the belly of the plane. Now. cutaway invites you to play up the fretboard as far as you want to go. WA). and playability first! 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I have known several friends with nice high-end wood acoustic guitars. neck. the tendency is to too quickly list the characteristics and advantages of the graphite against a wood guitar. to a high desert 100 degrees at the Creation West Festival when they used to hold it in George. “Lighter Than Wood & Stronger Than Steel” If I’d had this RainSong with me my case would have been a little dinged up. If it wasn’t for the pick-up/ electronics on board. deep cracking your wood tops. For those of you who have been avid readers for years. RainSong has trademarked what they call “Projection Tuned Layering” which affords the guitar a uniform stiffness that keeps unwanted undertones away and doesn’t give you the somewhat inherent problems of regional bracing challenges found in guitars made of wood (which can sometimes deaden the resonance). How did they do this by just hand carrying it one floor lower than where I was sitting? 8 MAR/APR 2012 WORSHIPMUSICIANMAGAZINE. you could take your RainSong into the shower with you. rich. Because of the graphite. and you certainly don’t and small body. It is true that there are some distinct bonuses to playing a RainSong. When I landed. feel. Since there is no wood on this guitar… Continued on page 48 Graphite is a material that is literally lighter than wood and stronger than steel.PRODUCT REVIEW By Bruce Adolph RainSong’s H-WS1000N2 Acoustic-Electric Cutaway Guitar Before you even think about the merits of a composite graphite acoustic guitar (and there are many) you have to realize that this guitar stands firmly on it’s own as a fine acoustic guitar. Period! The tone. This also gives the RainSong a balanced sound and a big volume. a composite graphite guitar looks even more inviting. you get an instrument that The body shape of the WS is stays in tune better than a traditional a hybrid mix between a large wood instrument. With a RainSong guitar you know exactly what your guitar will sound like in 7 years because it will always sound as good as it does the first day you bought it. They are impervious to weather. Because of this stability you get a firm neck that plays evenly up and down the fretboard… solid as a rock. backs. I say this because sometimes when you have something so “out of the box” construction-wise as a composite made guitar. The of carry-ons. you already know that I am a fan of composite instruments. several years later with the diminishing supply of certain tonewoods. You really don’t know what it will sound like in 7 years – it is a leap of faith to trust that it will sound better. John Decker himself… the inventor of RainSong… the world’s first all-graphite acoustic guitar. The only way they could of hurt this one is if they actually ran it over with the commercial size aircraft. I tell my wooden guitar owner friends that you should never place an acoustic guitar in a situation where you wouldn’t be comfortable yourself. who have had their guitars damaged traveling. and resonant. temperature wise. but the guitar inside would have been fine as can be. I first was turned on to RainSong around 15 years ago when I was visiting Hawaii and I took a personal tour of the manufacturing plant led by Dr.

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” Most of you doing church ministry don’t have to deal with touring or multiple band events. The engineer would have to reset microphones. Yes. You might add a second snare to the left of the hi-hat. I won’t even change cymbals or the kick pedal unless it just isn’t working for me. and besides the real players. I mean. I’ll admit this can be very challenging. I understand this could be necessary if there are righthanded and left-handed players. More cymbals can work too if you can all agree on a common position for them. I just look at it like a learning experience each time. The music flows naturally. By Carl Albrecht “One Drum Kit. Just step back and evaluate how to work with what you are given.” -. They “pretend” to be a drummer while beating the poor things to death. and tension. of course. All of the drums and cymbals are in the exact spot where you have meticulously placed them. Slight adjustments in drum throne height or angles of cymbals or drums are understandable. but more radical changes can be a real hassle. teamwork. I usually recommend that you build from the basic fivepiece kit and then go from there. In some situations maybe everyone will prefer a four-piece kit.” OK . . no comments about my size or shape! …You know what I mean. or some other multiple band event. I might even have time to fix broken drums or help change heads if needed.OH.can we talk? Especially in church ministry we should truly be a “band of brothers. It feels right! Everything seems to be perfectly suited to my size and shape. . snare. or music festival. To quote our Star Trek hero. Think of a church where you might have the challenge of three or four. But in most situations I think we can all come up with a common set up. Ahhhhhhh! Now we go to the church. Spock. please. yo . if that applies. but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Or moving all of the cymbals around to some personal pattern takes up a lot of time. “Ah. . You know. (One rack tom. But I believe that inspiration and great music come from your soul. they are not the hip.. At other times I have suffered through some bad drum or cymbal sounds.or “Can’t We All Just Get Along?” I love to play my personal drum kit. He currently lives in Nashville doing recording sessions. Don’t be so particular that you can’t adjust to a common drum set up. Sometimes it’s a great experiment. Stay humble and gracious in every situation and the people will remember you for THAT. If you tour doing “fly dates” (traveling by airline). let’s go! Carl Carl Albrecht has been a professional drummer & percussionist for over 25 years. and away we go. but when it does. ride cymbal. Hopefully they’ll try to play the kit as it has been set up also.don’t ever do that. I mean really. everyone who has an itch to play drums has sat down and made themselves at home. In the church music world you may feel that from service to service there is plenty of time to change a drum set to each players personal design.carlalbrecht.. Visit his website: www. That’s not a good environment to be in at a music festival. Many Drummers” . You know. Those gigs are tough! And everyone’s working so hard!! Transitions from one band to the next usually happen very quickly. I can just hear someone saying. “Well.com or send an e-mail to: lmalbrecht@aol. and even more so at a Christian music event. Here again.” They are the drums that remain in the church all week. the player that says. What adjustment was really necessary that I overlooked? I always attempt to stay positive no matter what happens. I get together with all of the other drummers and we have a little chat. When a drummer demands a lot of changes. angle. producing. It is ultimately a spiritual downer when you’re playing for a praise and worship gathering and the players can’t cooperate and work together for the common good. long after the memory of your musical genius has faded. . and then the ride cymbal sets lower to the kit where the second tom normally sets. a floor tom.) This seems to be a common approach for more straight ahead rock music. but also to the interests of others.FROM THE DRUMMER’S PERSPECTIVE making their life easier. Pop. Making the drums functional for everyone with the least amount of changing should be the goal of your drum team. everyone seems to be a little more stressed out. PLEASE . At festivals or other multiple drummer settings I’m trying to help the other players and the technical crew as well. You spend hours practicing and playing on the same instrument and it just seems to become part of you. the “house kit. Carl.well. and they’re just not configured the way that I MUST have them!” OH. the bottom line is to find common ground on which everyone can do his or her best. And believe me rental drums are “like a box of chocolates: you never know what you’re gonna get!” The most important thing in any situation like this is to keep a good attitude and don’t become a drum diva. are you crazy?!” Nope! I’m just tryin’ to keep my drum life simple. not from your instrument. Jazz & commercial projects. There sits the drum kit that all drummers dread. but I don’t always use them. and two crashes. writing and continuing to do various tours & seminar events. But again. Maybe a slight throne adjustment. This doesn’t always happen. Please. Maybe another floor tom next to the other one works for everyone. Everything is adjusted to the microscopic degree of height. I’ve even heard stories about just two drummers being at odds with each other over this issue. I realize that it is not as inspiring to play an instrument that may not be up to par with yours. cool drums that I use. two rack toms. Face this test of your character and CONQUER IT!! In the church setting. I’ve really done that. Again. Maranatha Praise Band recordings & numerous other Christian. it’s the rental kit or what is called the “backline” drums. or even more players. then hi-hats. It’s still a challenge to make all the drummers happy with the one drum kit everyone will use week in and week out. I do carry mine with me. but is that really the most efficient way to work? Every player would have to spend more time getting ready at each event they play. The drum throne feels like home base. Many times I’ve had crew guys thank me for 10 MAR/APR 2012 WORSHIPMUSICIANMAGAZINE. a little drum and cymbal angle change. I just can’t play on this kit. “ The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the one. I’ll take note of what I was playing that I liked or didn’t like. . That is probably true. the idea is to come up with a basic set up that all the players can be happy with. or play festivals. how about a scripture? Philippians 2:3-4 “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. At festival concerts I usually just walk on to the stage with my stick bag and try to sit down and play the drums just as they are set. Country. Being a “can do” kind of player just makes life more pleasant for everyone. Changing from a five piece to a four-piece configuration every time is a big deal. We will eventually agree on a set up that we can all play with very little adjusting from one player to the next. And the drum set itself starts to wear out faster because of the constant tweaking it has to endure. He has played on over 70 Integrity Music projects.com. When transitions are happening fast I’ll usually help the next drummer get set up. . things just flow better. Each of you should look not only to your own interests. “Can we all just get along?” Teamwork. and sisters too.COM . kick drum.

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like this one. A guitarist in the class came up with this melodic line. www. Okay. and the stylistic contrast between the two was extreme. Make copies. though I do hope you’ll print the document). Visit my website for a full size chart you can print. Explore them. Before you read any further. coaching keyboard players and songwriters. In creating your own arrangements.kerrtunes. and enjoying everything about my visit. • Start with a hook: Rather than quote the melody of “It Is Well…” for the intro. and the Spirit of Jesus is so evident in them. Since I’m certain that each of you has printed the document and the smell of laser toner is permeating the room (I’m kidding. This classic hymn followed Hillsong United’s song “The Stand”. the original hymn uses a C chord. I think you’ll hear the momentum that’s gained by omitting that measure of C. www. Download and print the document. could make a great intro hook for your new arrangement. I’ve shared something with them that I want to share with you. you’ll hear that we used many alternate harmonies. What’s the point of the Permission Slip? To free musicians on worship teams from thinking they should always perform a worship song as close as possible to the recorded version they’ve heard. here’s what the permission slip is about. We chose to use the F2. • Take some time with your team to rearrange a song. Let’s jump in.com and follow the link on the home page to “Permission Slip”. as well as for those who’ll be listening. Below is the chart for the verse and chorus we created. While there’s value in scrutinizing and duplicating the instrumentation. The payoff is great for you. The second chord in each of these 3 measures changes on the “and” of 2. creating a nice contrast to the chords of the verse and chorus. create an original melodic idea there. and vocal roadmap of a recording (and sometimes that’s what you are assigned to do). Virginia. I’m inspired. There are many chord options for any note. God is doing amazing things in the lives of the students here. The congregation sings the unaltered melody. It reads: “I do not have to perform a worship song the way it was recorded. • Re-harmonize: As you play and sing through the chart. Ed and his family live in Washington State. Ed plays Yamaha’s Motif XS8. It also works nicely as a re-intro when the first chorus ends. Keep them with you so you’ll have them on hand to distribute next time your worship team gets together. but they hear a fresh harmony. He has a Masters Degree in piano performance.KEYBOARD By Ed Kerr Print This I’m starting this article in a Starbucks near the campus of Liberty University in Lynchburg. Then you sign and date the form. You’ll find that there’s extra time and effort required to create the arrangement. Here’s the result: Here’s that measure of C that might normally be heard when the Chorus ends. kerrtunes. I’ve seen that giving musicians their Permission Slip to do whatever they want with an arrangement can bring fresh energy and inspiration to their presentation of a song. As the first note of the chorus is sung. Giving yourself permission to create a new arrangement for “It Is Well…” could make these two great worship songs more musically compatible. As a songwriter Ed has written over 100 songs with Integrity Music. in my home church. One of the classes presented 3 worship songs as a set. In my work with bands here at Liberty. One of those melodies. Small. The 3rd song was the hymn “It Is Well With My Soul”. too. for example. and I want to give you a few bullet points that can free you to create your own unique arrangement of a song you love. that there is a “push” when the chords change within the first 3 12 MAR/APR 2012 WORSHIPMUSICIANMAGAZINE. but the payoff is fantastic. I saw it on the faces of the musicians here. please visit my website. Play these two examples.com bars of this intro figure. I know. there can come a point where the musicians playing and singing that arrangement might feel that their creativity and musical instincts aren’t needed. • Create Contrasts Between Sections: Notice.COM . • Reuse Your Hook: The class let the re-intro begin right on the last note of the chorus rather than playing a measure of C first. I can create my own arrangement”. an important aspect of a strong arrangement. It has nothing to do with the melody of “It Is Well…” but sets a great mood as an intro. I’ve been on campus three days giving suggestions to worship teams. • Lesson here: Always be listening to melodies the band is creating in rehearsals. which all move directly on one of the beats in the measure. explore alternate harmonies for your melodies. Letting chords push in some sections and not in others can help clearly define your sections. and in churches around the country. arrangement.

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Just remember that the simpler the the subtle differences in the styles of pattern is. A friend of mine who posted excerpts from a sermon on that very controversial subject spawned the thread. so he knows to adjust. but those of you who work other jobs may not have enough time in the day outside your job. It doesn’t matter how long constantly remind yourself to lay back you’ve played. Unless you are a “miraculous” player. rhythm guitar. Concentrate on the other 15 . so I researched and found a video of someone playing the song in the proper manner. Bassists have to learn to trust their thinking about it. that means (usually) that the drummer is rushing or dragging. Concentrate on the song as a whole and see that it has a self-contained accomplishment. A sense of accomplishment can really give you a boost in your ability. Shortly after that I played a gig with a band that plays some pretty challenging material and I found myself enjoying the music more than ever because everything seemed to be a little easier to play. Be blessed! Gary is a session player/ producer/writer in Nashville. click track (if you have one). This skill can really help the whole band to “lock in. Practicing with clicks and/or loops A lot of worship music these days can help bring you to a level of excellence that will help you hear differences in consists of eighth notes in several different different player’s “feel. or how much experience behind it ever so slightly. He does home recording. Maybe you should try setting some goals in your playing. If you are playing Practicing as much as you can makes all with a click. Find him on www. I felt a lot more confident playing well-known material. months…whatever! I knew that I would have to break it apart and learn it section by section. and attends Grace Church (gracechurchnashville. the band will follow you scales. I did that recently with something I saw on YouTube that was. and it really got me thinking about the requirements of the bassist in a church band.com) in Franklin. Another method of practicing that helps me is to pick out a piece of music with a bass part that I am unable to play.BASS By Gary Lunn What is Required I recently read an interesting thread on Facebook that was about whether or not musicians who play in their own churches should be paid. filling our or section. technically. especially). Focus on the high hat. WAY over my head. timing. That really helped a lot and eventually I conquered it.” When there ways. present it through placement of bass lines. etc. the standard is probably not enough for the Creator of the universe. I was determined that I was going to learn it if it took me days. or just be hired to play in order to bump up the excellence in the worship team. of a song. groove elements in the rhythm section. bills. It can truly help tighten up the band. Is playing bass a couple of times a week before Sunday the right approach? Not really. TN. you’ll found that it is usually the simplest songs/ know it.” If you are playing to a click in your worship team. it becomes as easy as breathing. the quicker you have to set a subdividing among the your fellow consistent fingering style and then stop players. You can listen to them and learn styles that are the most challenging to their concepts. etc. but once you get it.com for questions or scheduling. Your mind can play tricks on role well requires us to listen constantly to you and you might begin to think you’re subdivisions within the music. TN. I slowly chipped away at it but there was one part of the song where it was very hard for me to decipher the bass part. forcing everyone to play with especially…restraint.COM MAR/APR 2012 Awareness of timing (rushing or dragging) can affect the heart. I think revisiting some of my suggestions in the preparation department may help those of you who find yourselves in that dilemma. but you have to maintain awareness that you were given your talent on loan and that with humility you can give it back to Him in better “shape” than when you first got it. it always help to practice to that technique. plays many recording session accounts. There is really no definitive answer to the question of increasing the skill level in the worship team. You can ALWAYS the click. kids. play. If you hold fast you may have. I believe this is because as we repeat certain patterns over and over our Considering that the bass player in a brains begin to second-guess the previous rhythm section is usually the most “time” times we’ve played that same pattern conscious member of the band. That tells you that everyone is playing so closely to the click that you can no longer hear it. When the time comes that you CAN hear it. or cadence. You may think that it’s simple but is someone in the band that has great you have got to be on your toes. as a timekeeper. and eventually. and let your fingers play. Feeling more accomplished as a musician does not hurt at all. bass drum. swing values. family. It may sound complicated to do this at first. I felt just a little better about everything else I played. If your drummer hasn’t heard about this be sure and tell him. sometimes the click seems to disappear in the monitors (earphones. I have timing and their own “cool” feel. concentrate hard on it and the difference. Maybe there are no professional musicians in your church (or in the area in which you live) who could either lend a hand as a mentor to players in your church. improvisation. comparing bored. As bassists we have the ability to “pull” back a rushing instrumentalist simply by laying back on the beat. WORSHIPMUSICIANMAGAZINE. watchman-like concepts of timing and to compare the “feel” of those players around them. weeks. as well. One thing I noticed was that after I had learned it. I believe that this was because I had raised “the bar” up another notch. Then I practice and work on the song and I don’t give up until I can play it. etc. Often the effectiveness of the song depends on how steadily you. learn. to keep up on your skills.facebook.

Many singers. A church music director (Choir/ Worship Leader) since 1985.they move us.com. It was your emotional state. If they’re coming to see you in a church. If they’re coming to see you at a large outdoor concert. especially singing. The Goal So what is your goal as a singer? You need to remember that everyone who comes to see/hear you sing is looking for an experience (even if they don’t immediately realize it). If you missed that article.Presentation. a marvelous example of what a worship leader should be doing. It was obvious you understand the difference. can get confused as church. Recently. I was truly moved of your own emotions versus an evoking by how she totally connected with what of emotion in your audience. if you could somehow get ahold of your presentation and do a great enough job with it. What a blessing for those of us in the congregation. She did this without drawing than simply responding to the song. Practice. in spite of the importance of all of those—none compare to the impact of this particular aspect. in touch with the message themselves. I experienced this first to how to get there. It doesn’t make sense for us to try and connect with a message that really has no place in our lives. but they do nothing to really move you and creating a response. she also teaches vocal techniques at various workshops around the country. Not time “practicing singing” but time engaged in understanding and owning the true message behind her song. singing can types of performance are strictly designed direct your thoughts more pointedly. but you make was singing about. and yet they touch us . Then she stepped forward to sing the Along this line it’s important to lead on the final song of the morning. but the What It’s Not last step is to truly own the song itself. I often see performers hand. song) the song was truly moving. She truly owned the song. I say this confidently because of the incredible number of singers out there who clearly have not worked on some of the finer points of singing. This is one reason why it’s important to sing a song whose message you can truly relate to. Yet even though these experiences are different to a degree. I often find it amusing when I see YouTube videos of little 7 yr old girls singing “I’ll Always Love You” or some other moving love song that they can’t possibly relate to or have anything other than a cursory understanding of. you have to truly understand it and feel its impact. you could conceivably accomplish nearly all of your primary goals as a singer. All to show off certain vocal aspects of the types of music are capable of moving child. we truly got the experience we were longing for that morning because of one woman’s commitment to becoming the “Ultimate Vocalist”! Sheri Gould has a BS in Music Education (Vocal/Choral) from the University of Illinois. but with the audience most of the time. For example. This attention to herself. Try to that her every move was born out of remember this: the audience is not so her love for what. but instead the congregation. Depending on the venue.Part II Last time I began outlining five “P” words to help you remember some key basics in becoming the best the ultimate vocalist you can be. Own the Message It was clearly not the first time she had worshiped through the means of that song. She was completely committed also greatly affect your audience. this will this song. then it could be a slightly different type of experience they’re looking for. These were: Prepare. but to the entire team audience and prohibit them from getting as well. of not only impeccable vocal technique Those are the types of experiences that (encompassing the first 4 “Ps” perfectly) people enjoy and remember. This is something that can’t be “put on”. serves up a message that can touch. intuitively recognizing the No place is this more relevant than in the goal as stated above. Position (your larynx). However.worshipmusicianmagazine. Because of the importance of the final “P”. if you’re singing in a coffeehouse. . Yet. the experience they’re seeking will likely be slightly different. leaving us to follow her message has become all about you and even as she followed after Him. and even change our audience. Lots of outward emotional background vocalist she shined and truly responses and overused hand motions led. Owning the message is critical. as a is a big difference between a displaying background vocalist. These Unlike other types of music.com In order to communicate any message effectively.VOCALS By Sheri Gould The Ultimate Vocalist . they’re likely to be very similar in that it’s an emotional response most of us crave when it comes to music. and for Whom she interested in how you feel. A servant that message. of true worship was like a brushfire that it’s no longer rooted in the song you’re caught sure and fast throughout the singing or its message. Make sure she was singing about.COM . I was in church one Sunday and mistakenly thinking that THEIR emotional was able to observe a young woman response to the message or the song itself who truly embodied this whole idea. In her role as a them feel. Own the Song affect. Her inspiring display is because your message has changed.. is what will move their audience. She was an inspiration not only to simply become distractions for the the congregation. She spent time to get to this place. So we need 16 MAR/APR 2012 WORSHIPMUSICIANMAGAZINE. Her familiarity with worshiping was so palpable it heightened everyone’s worship experience. vocal music we can communicate more when Whitney Houston sang the song specifically. Perceive and Presentation. we in the movie for which this was the theme can communicate very specific concepts. In actuality. There As I watched her lead in worship. They to the process of drawing our minds to will naturally respond to your needs and the message of what she was so clearly find themselves concerned for you rather proclaiming.you get the idea. Send your questions to: sherigould1@aol. . I remember that when you are nervous watched as this young woman deftly sang or uncomfortable in any way. Why? The answer is: their presentation. people may be looking for one type of experience. Her These concepts are designed to touch breathtaking rendition is rendered out people and reach them where they live. I decided to dedicate an entire article to this aspect of singing. to make sure that our primary goal as a but also a genuine understanding of the singer is to be a servant.. you can find it archived online at www. The actual presentation of a song is really the culmination of all the other work you’ve done so far. Because we have the (especially in light of the role she played advantage of language in our music.

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“Yes!” You gotta sweat it ‘til you get it! And once you’ve got it. I had to discover that Leo Kottke ONCE MORE WITH FEELING was playing in an open tuning instead of standard.TIPS FOR TIGHT TEAMS By Sandy Hoffman Sweat it Out.COM . my first thought was. Stretch your abilities so far that they may never return to the comfort zone where you started. determined to figure out how he did it. bottle neck slide can be applied must be a really slow learner. I was totally bedazzled and mesmerized by every note and every phrase of every song! This was musically light years beyond anything I’d ever seen or heard. Hear his latest finger picking guitar tunes at: www. just one string at a Sweatin’ & gettin’! time. this is gonna be a yawn. and all by ear no less! First. diversified and personalized A year? How about five years?! Five! to your style. required to have it sound clear and glide smoothly as I slid up and down the fretboard. Once we’ve made that song our own. it’ll give you tools Just how much sweat was it worth? How to make your song arrangements more long should it have taken me? A month? interesting.WorshipWorksMusic. But along the way let’s remember to invest all those repeats into techniques which are far beyond our present skill sets. We may deeply desire to sing or play a new tune only to find out that it is technically way out of our reach. It was just that I had so much to The only ingredient missing is your own imagination. repeat! Isn’t that how we usually prepare a new tune for presentation? We discover a fantastic new song then practice. a resounding. It takes determination. As I wandered the campus of UNC in Chapel Hill. repeat. arrangements. Even if it takes us five Then there was the finger picking style.” chord fingerings. They were six and twelve string acoustic guitars to be exact. No ONE Leo Kottke song (“Vaseline Machine worries. we enjoy the fruit of it by sharing it with our target audience: those we lead in worship. Each new-found technique can Gun” from the Takoma Records release: be applied generously to worship song “Leo Kottke. But what does it mean to “make the song our own” and just what is involved in this journey? Is there such a thing as putting too much effort into the process? Psalm 33:3 says for us to “play skillfully with a shout of joy. that at all. eyes popped. then do it myself. repeat. Whoa! I just sat there for two and one-half hours. Whew. With Feeling) Repeat. was it worth it? Again. I got a wine bottle and cut off the neck. Let it run wild! learn. I had to re-learn fingerings for every chord. I had the shocking pleasure of hearing an unknown-to-me guitarist named Leo Kottke. years to move to the next level. Get it Out! (Once More.” It wasn’t to enhance the worship experience. To this day. Can you imagine what this open tuning did to all the chord fingerings I’d ever learned in standard tuning? Right. The question is: are we willing to “sweat it out ‘til we get it out?!” I bet you answered a resounding. It’s probably just some lame folk singer I’ve never heard of…” Boy. Being predisposed to a much heavier rock music style in those days. I began to feel that I desperately wanted a piece of that action. It was an incredible demonstration of just how much music could come from a single guitar in the hands of a master! I was hooked from that evening on. Was it doable? Could I ever learn to play at that level? Even though I could see and hear him with my own eyes and ears. I gradually built up the strength and coordination Sandy Hoffman serves the Grace Community Church in Santa Fe. every ounce of effort you put into improving your vocal or instrumental skill pays off in easier song execution and removal of distractions to those you lead WORKING TOO HARD? in worship.com 18 MAR/APR 2012 WORSHIPMUSICIANMAGAZINE. NM. “Oh. That’s when our “worship work ethic” must kick in. to the best of my ability. This allows him to slide from fret to fret (in open tuning) and play a major chord voicing in each. still no regrets! What a mind blower of an evening it was! As the very first grand piano sized chord burst out of that humbucking pickupequipped twelve string guitar in Leo’s hands. It was a late fall Friday evening in 1973 and I was a bored teenager looking for some kind of entertainment.” I sometimes wonder if that joyful shout isn’t just the result of having finally gotten the song right. Even though I’d been a strummer Sandy since the age of five. for months it felt as if I’d never even played the guitar before! And there was still one more technical hurdle to get over before I could actually begin practicing the song itself! (Was I determined? Yes! Are you?) Leo often plays with a bottle neck slide on his left hand little finger. I wanted to hear those kind of sounds emanating from my axe. Indeed. It hurt! I practiced with it in spite of the pain. practice. I smoothed the sharp edges and put the slide on my little finger. jaws dropped. finger picking patterns You’re probably thinkin’. Now never give up! Romans 12:1 tells us that instead of holding a triangularly shaped being a living sacrifice is our reasonable plectrum (pick) in my right hand and act of worship. This was totally new territory for me. It hurt some more. Even open tunings. practice until the journey from discovery to ownership is complete. was I wrong! Thankfully my curiosity got the best of me and I stuck around to find out for myself. I was playing Vaseline Machine Gun and smiling all the way through. my musical paradigm changed forever. it is to work with all our might to improve I had to put these awkward little plastic our musical/worship skills in order that picks on my right hand fingers and attack we might be the best to bless! the strings with each. 6 & 12 String Guitar”). (Wouldn’t you?) From a worshiper’s point of view. don’t be such a “hater. North Carolina. There on the stage was a single bar stool surrounded by three guitars. to learn the tune we must repeat. done! After only five short years and lots of re-education. “Yes!” ONCE UPON A SLIDE Back in the 70s. where he is the Minister of Worship Arts. Don’t be afraid to aim high. repeat. unique Alright now. “Sheesh. He was pitching his strings to D-GD-G-B-D instead of the usual E-A-D-G-B-E. So what if the song we’re Five years later I had finally polished learning isn’t even a worship song. Sandy and yes. What a sure fire sacrifice strumming down-up-down-up-down-up. In addition. repetition and sometimes even re-education to make a song our own. we should I’d never even tried that before. I couldn’t begin to imagine what kind of technique would make such an astounding performance possible. at least for the moment. I happened upon the university auditorium and peered into a side window.

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In the case of a musician or songwriter.” Paul shares from the heart about the album.. amid the context of a rapidly changing world. those experiences are usually communicated in the form of lyrics and melody. and what he’s learned along the way. there is always one constant: God’s love. “The Same Love.COM . 20 MAR/APR 2012 WORSHIPMUSICIANMAGAZINE.. friendships.PAUL BALOCHE New Seasons New Songs Same Love by Aimee Herd We all walk through different times and seasons in our lives. However. and their impact on our hearts can be expressed in many different ways. This is the backdrop for Paul Baloche’s new record.

I hadn’t really done for all of them.. ministry for 20 years. open up the Bible and just for over 10 years. What did that mean to you? WORSHIPMUSICIANMAGAZINE. WA. I would to work with YWAM and Last Days meet together in the mornings with the Ministries. manager for 12 years.Aimee Herd: Paul. I’m grateful to lead a few songs. a lot of that so it was a little freaky. Ed Kerr. coffee. PB: Well. “Oh you’re a worshiper. AH: Keith and Melody Green’s magazine and doing a conference. my pastor was really encouraging. that was the beginning. where you’ve been a solid teacher and worship leader at so many of them. I started plugging into the PB: Absolutely. .Threads magazine and blessed that event.” I was like. Matt Kees.COM MAR/APR 2012 21 . (There were a lot of talented musicians there back in the day and I thought they would kick me out of town!) But. but he was a guy that thankfully saw something in me. AH: Can you describe a little of what that journey has been like for you? the heart of a worshiper. saw my heart. doing kids church and lately. we actually lived in relationships have continued over the made me happy to think of all the years Melody’s motor home for a few months years. or whatever the need years. “I do?!” It wasn’t slick or put together well.. we’ve been friends—that’s what the until a mobile home opened up on the property. back when they were just thinking about starting the spend time writing songs. and the Christian Musician Summits (CMS) and events. this year I’ve been married 25 to make an impact in that part of the youth worship. you received the Roby Duke Creative Life Award at the CMS in Redmond. you’ve been worship pastor at Community Fellowship in Texas for over 20 years now.. 23 years. and of friendships and relationships like I After a few months the pastor asked me always thought it would be. Thank God for people who are older in the faith who can kind of see things in people and call some of those giftings. we came down years ago So. just helping out. but I stepped into it with fear and trembling.. he’d say. and it PB: Yeah. So ministry. which we might have never discovered if it wasn’t for their nurturing..Years of locking church down the road. . There have been a plaque represented. lot of milestones around relationships arms with good friends and trying playing guitar... so that’s what brought us to piano player—Ed Kerr—we’d make PB: I’ve known Bruce and Matt Texas from Philadelphia. I was honored that I remember of these musician and ministry the beginnings of the magazine. that’s a long time.. same country. You have AH: And one of those threads of relationship that has been developing for quite some time is with Bruce Adolph. Paul Baloche: Yes. This past November. AH: It’s amazing how long some for me. Carl Albrecht. It was fun to think back on that journey and how God has blessed the was.

” I places (in a musical way) where I would was thinking about how there is a spirit always sort of go. but how would you describe it? AH: Well. do you want to write together?” On the song “Oh Our Lord”.by Aimee Herd continued PB: “My Hope” was written with Ed Kerr. It felt strong—like (I wrote that with my guitarist Ben a beautiful thing in the Spirit—to be Gowell). [the award] was quite Kathryn Scott sing on it. get a big producer...To crucified is calling us all by name. 22 MAR/APR 2012 WORSHIPMUSICIANMAGAZINE... so when I got with [co-writers] Kari (Jobe) and Jason Ingram. and that of a bunch of my friends over that year—that same love is the love that is still compelling me to live for Him and to walk out my faith. “The Same Love” (written with Michael Rossback. that you would let Church. how majestic is Your name.. “King of Heaven”. and then on the personal level.. reunited with him and collaborate Michael Rossback and Ben Gowell coagain. they wrote and played on “Oh Our Lord”. I feel like it’s saying. then our hope better be in the Lord. Paul receiving the Roby Duke Creative Life Award from Bruce & Matt at CMS Northwest 2011. if they would just open up band—we’re like a band of brothers! Every time we go out to minister it’s like their hearts ever so slightly. so we hadn’t written together Fielding and he also sings on it with in probably 15 years until we wrote me). AH: Paul. and I wanted to just do to them is: “Come to Me. and there is a lot of insecurity about the future. produced the record. But. Kathryn has an honor. and “All Because of the Cross” this song together. you’re hurt. the first line in the song came from one of those “in between” moments at church. prayerful cry for God to reveal Himself. He was such an influence on my will change if all the plans I make go wife and I early on.. AH: Not to mention the people who think the world will end after 2012. to those who are cursing the Church and cursing God is that His message PB: Yeah. They lead worship in Nashville. We travel as a by name. outside the AH: That shows a lot of trust in those Church but also in the Church. Musically speaking..” That’s all we had.. you mentioned a couple of the singers and musicians who have contributed to this new album. friendships. On the they know me well. Just like new album The Same Love.. And and my heart is “Look Upon the Lord”..COM . we tried to keep it more reverent. and in the world. are losing jobs. but I know there are others. New Songs. Your love stays the same. A lot of folks. PB: Right! And if it is. and I respect about in the Bible is calling us by their giftings—I really wanted them to name.. even in our church. keep me from going to some of the “You call the cynic and the proud. and then “boom. I just really believe in that message. the rest of the song just kind of spilled out. and the same God who was push me vocally and musically.. of cynicism and jadedness. then he moved to Nashville and then PB: “Look Upon the Lord” is that kind of deep epic worship song where you’re trying to get into a “Holy of holies” moment. Look upon the Lord.” that’s with the band All Sons and Daughters. “We Are Saved” (which I co-wrote with Ben Seattle.. stand in awe of His beauty. That’s on the macro level. These are turbulent times in our nation. but with an octave in between— it’s a different sound and it works well on that song. PB: Some are people I’ve met along the way and have asked.. talk about a few of the songs from the project both from a lyrical and also a Ed and I probably wrote a sonic point of view? For example.. and the Same Love .PAUL BALOCHE: New Seasons. they’re young guys macro: the same love that we read who are really talented.” School of Music in North Hollywood. PB: Yeah.. come to Me anyway. also that I had a chance to know Roby The lyrics in “My Hope”. summarizes where I’m at. one couple hundred songs together (no of the first songs to really catch my ear exaggeration) back in the day.” I didn’t want to go to Nashville and I believe He’s calling them personally. so again AH: I want to ask you about your it’s relationships. So. AH: What about the song “My Hope”? My favorite songs on this album would be. ... the same love that turned my life around when I was 18-years-old—playing clubs at the Jersey shore.. “Hey.. Your in the mid ‘80’s—I was going to Grove light will guide me through it all.. I see why the production of the album with the you’re mad and disappointed and why band that we always play together as. I don’t hear a lot of songs that use the duet style of singing in unison. there’s such a spiritual battle against the guys on your part.. I wanted it to feel less like a duet and more like co-leading worship. can you getting to write the song with Ed. I wanted these “The Same Love” is a song that really guys to push me—they’re in my band. (sings) “Ohhhhh our Lord.” just having this encounter with God that changed my life.. (sings) “Look upon the Lord... my bass player and keyboardist). But what I feel like I want to say them direct you in that way. I met Roby back wrong. and also “King of Heaven”—which is an intercessory. “nothing Duke. Interestingly.. I was inspired by Roby’s playing and and the icing on the cake was having his ministry. It’s one that I really believe in the message. managed to sing a song on each of the last four records I’ve done. and they’re also on Integrity Music.

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AH: In all the workshops in which you’ve taught. she can hear if you’re uptight or trying too hard. how do you suggest they overcome that? PB: That’s a good question. eventually. but a lot of it requires getting on your face before God. and get mentioned as the most common challenge for a worship musician or songwriter to overcome? And if so. As far as being on the road.com to see work on the recordings with you? them and for more information. New Songs. You don’t want to guilt or manipulate them into worshiping.just different voices. Rita is totally involved behind the scenes. People can watch a promo for each one at the website. while you’ve taught in these workshops. People can you on the road. Then if you’re patient. when you’re in that vocal booth. walk your sanctuary and pray for the people there that you serve. I’ll tell people to start there. you have a good thing—you and your guys. “Let’s make a record. and for the people who will be sitting in those chairs. Scripture says that He wept because of His love and compassion to see these people overcome. are there one or two things that always seem to come up.PAUL BALOCHE: New Seasons. she’s a great song editor. I don’t need to do this for my ego.. so she’s a big part in that. worshiping and singing to the Lord in private. We like to go out and at least in the last few years because serve. and she’s my vocal producer.. rise above their circumstances and connect with the Father. And it’s also important for you to spend time during the week. There’s not a one-size-fits-all solution. or does she mostly just log onto www. I highly suggest doing that in the sanctuary (during the week or prior to the service). but it wasn’t something that was practical PB: It is. healthy thing for all of us. a men’s retreat for us. leading worship. share life and be AH: In addition to the new album. “Look. The first thing that comes to mind is that people have a challenge just getting their congregation to sing—to get them involved. are ya? this?” I’m like. it will feel like an extension of that—just an overflow of something that’s already been happening earlier in the week. “Y’know. I on teaching worship leading (laughs). and the Same Love . Really get them in your heart. we couldn’t both be away. AH: And.. . They’re just basically how I feel about songwriting. what are they teaching on? So we said. There isn’t a one-size-fits all “spiritual tube sock” that’ll fit every situation. she’s like. and over the years .” She’ll AH: That’s awesome. maybe you and a few core members of the team. It’s been a you’ve also got three new teaching really good. So then on Sunday morning. “You should ask her!” (Laughs) A couple years ago—we’d PB: (Laughs) No.. AH: Not planning on going anywhere “Where’s Rita. why isn’t she singing on soon. no. . it started with Kathryn Scott and Sara Groves.. each of them are over two hours long. Nobody can produce vocals (like her). But usually a couple of hours of worship.by Aimee Herd continued done so many records together— she was deep into the “mom” stage and told me.COM . feel like there should be a disclaimer because people ask me all the time.. we like to just hang out. And yet. They’re almost like a “last will and testament” PB: It’s evolved over the years. So. and ministered to people.. but that other series I did was almost 10 years ago now. come maybe a third of the time. and we’re usually involved in somebody had to be home [for the teaching—we rarely do a “concert. we know how to do this!” PB: One is songwriting. And when we’re done. There are a lot of new things that I feel like I’ve learned and wanted to pass on. why don’t you get some fresh voices on your record?” So. people will begin to follow you.” it’s kids]. DVDs out. now we’re kind of hitting that “empty and the next day: teaching a bunch of nest” thing so that could all change. classes. one is leading worship and the other is a AH: Does Rita (Baloche) travel with worship band workshop. When Jesus looked over Jerusalem. accountable to each other. but God will give you ways to inspire worship.leadworship. For example.. can you share a time or two that you’d say was a very rewarding moment you’ve experienced within that context? Continued on page 34 24 MAR/APR 2012 WORSHIPMUSICIANMAGAZINE.

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and is one that I will definitely be using this coming Lenten season as a Kyrie during our Wednesday evening Lenten services. This immediately connects him with his audience in an emotional way. it is becoming one of my personal favorites based on its singability for *Gerod’s Personal Picks By Gerod Bass congregational worship. Truly. “Where are You. we need to run to the arms of a caring Savior whose love is always enough. loud guitars. mixed with strong lyrical content that are sure to find a place in your church’s regular worship repertoire. honest worship project whose songs point the listener to a caring God who walks beside us during our most difficult times. The powerful chorus leads us to the hope of a God that comes to our rescue in every circumstance. The intensity and honesty of Jason’s voice pulls the listener in further. 11. and that because of that forgiveness. 4. and you can’t help but sing along as this song plays. 7. and whose embrace is like nothing else.RECORD REVIEWS One Sonic Society Forever Reign 1. If your congregation loves honest worship music that will move them in mind and spirit. This wonderful worship anthem is quickly rising up the charts around the world and is becoming a staple song selection of churches everywhere. the message that Mr. and I think he is trying to say that in our times of greatest struggle. Burn Christian producer and incredibly talented song writer. 2. which is a neat little reminder that God surrounds us with faithful people who lift us up in prayer during our hard times. 12. When I saw the track list for Forever Reign. Even though it is not the “meatiest” worship song I have ever heard. It is another great reminder that we are called to come before our Lord in humility and ask for the forgiveness that only He can give. 5. Beautiful Savior Always * Forever Reign * God You Are My God 5. Jason Ingram’s voice is inspiring and honest. Their 2012 debut album. Don Moen Uncharted Territory 1. we tend to focus so much on our problems that we forget that there are brothers and sisters in our corner lifting us up before the Lord because they love us. “Forever Reign”. The chorus reminds us of the things that Christ has done for us and asks God to teach us how to pray and sing His song in the midst of sadness and tragedy. I couldn’t help but close my eyes and worship along with him on almost every song. Lord Have Mercy * Ransomed Divine Exchange* My Portion You Will Ever Be No Fear He Loves You Thank You Jesus Burn Overall impression Average church congregation could learn/participate on the first hear Can be learned/adapted by a band of average skill Lyrical creativity and integrity One Sonic Society Forever Reign Don Moen Uncharted Territory) Shane & Shane The One You Need Paul Baloche The Same Love Jeremy Horn Sounds of the Broken highest marks Praise and worship veteran Don Moen’s eagerly anticipated worship album Uncharted Territory delivers a powerful Gospel message of hope in the familiar “Moen” style we know and love. I find it interesting that Mr. and soaring vocals. and drummer Paul Mabry (Hillsong). and that love alone is what kept Him there”. the tracks contained in this collection are just different enough to keep things interesting. Almighty God * 7. or endless drum loops. Although Forever Reign does not boast any big breaks in musical concept from what is the current trend in Contemporary Christian Music. During difficult times. One Sonic Society. Just to be with You* 10. great drum work. The Greatness of our God 8. was co-written by Ingram and Hillsong’s Reuben Morgan and is probably OSS’s best known song. as this has already become one of my favorite worship songs. Moen conveys here went straight to my heart. You Are My God” and “Burn” are examples of some really nice mid and slower tempo worship offerings in this collection that contain wonderful themes of praise.“I Lift my eyes up. Co-written with Kristian Stanfill. you have got to pick this CD up. “God. this song begins with an almost military-style drum beat as Jason’s soft vocals remind us that our help is in Lord and that He is our refuge and strength always. “The Greatness of Our God”. Uncharted Territory* You Will Be My Song Somebody’s Praying For Me* Great Things Your Love Never Fails 6. where we can be renewed. Lord?” and thus identifies with every human heart that has ever felt lost and alone. Forever Reign is a collection of songs from 3 previously released EP’s that have been joined together to create an amazing collection of power worship anthems. Now and Forever 9. I was delighted when I came across track 6. this song has a very personal feel and is one that each listener can identify with as we come before our God in desperate need of His love and renewal. This is a true worship album full of memorable choruses. 10. Although it wasn’t my favorite song musically. The song ends with a nice melody that is based on Psalm 121 as Jason and the backing choir sing. my help comes from the Lord” which becomes a stirring anthem of hope and truth. and overall message. “Forever Reign” stands out. “Lord Have Mercy”. It is a place of refuge for the weary. This CD is not full of big drums. he asks the question.COM . 3. 4. The title track. Here. Moen includes this song. stirring guitar licks. The powerful chorus reminds us of a God who never fails. uniqueness of melody and style. The CD begins with “Beautiful Savior” as we are immediately drawn in by the familiar guitar sounds of Stu G that have helped revolutionize the modern worship sound. to create the worship band. (just a personal thing). Here we are reminded that. This is a simple. This is my favorite song on the album. and the song “Almighty God” is a great example of this. The chorus reminds us that in the midst of the trials of this life. Some of the other offerings in this collection that caught my attention were: “Somebody’s Praying For Me”. As For me 6. “Christ took the nails that were meant for us. 3. I am always on the lookout for worship songs that are a little more “liturgical” in form but still hold true to the contemporary nature of modern worship music. This song brings us back to the basics of what we truly need in our Christian walk: intimate personal time with our God. Jason Ingram. “Divine Exchange” is another strong lyrical song on this project that takes us back to the suffering that Christ endured for our sake. Another of my favorites on this album is “Always”. has joined forces with former Delirious? guitarist Stu G. It is a confessional song that offers up a personal confession before God and then cries “Lord Have Mercy”. we need to remember who has forgiven us. This album is full of refreshing truths. we have eternal life. 8. 2. 9. it is one 30 MAR/APR 2012 WORSHIPMUSICIANMAGAZINE. and as I listened. The CD begins with the title track “Uncharted Territory” where the singer is pouring out his heart to God about his fear and feelings of loneliness. 13. We are greeted by a soft. In a world of cookie-cutter worship songs. I was excited to see that “Just to be With You” was included. Co-written with Paul Baloche. stirring guitar intro as Jason’s vocal paints a picture for us of a place where the Almighty God dwells. a fortress in time of trouble.

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and those who enjoy a more country feel will enjoy this collection of worship offerings. and of course the classic Worship Anthem centering around the themes of Faith. I would have really liked to have seen this album offer a bit more in the way of spiritual “meat” for the listener. and continues to do for his people in the midst of doubt and uncertainty. Hope. and one that many will enjoy singing in their congregations. We Are Saved 3. It conveys a longing to know Jesus. This idea is a theme throughout the album. The impact of the book of Psalms is felt throughout this release as Don mirrors many of those same cries in his own life. The Afters. The One You Need. and even a great Easter song. Your Blood Ran Down 6. are simple songs of love and praise that point the listener to the neverending love of our God. You’re calling. Loved by You 12. I found myself grooving along in my chair as Shane and Shane reminded me through the lyric that there is nothing that can separate us from God. be forgiven of their sin. I think he could have delivered the same message without giving us 13 songs that sound somewhat similar in musicality and feel. my expectations for this release were very high. The message of hope that we hear in this worship piece is undeniable. and point us to the source of hope . The One You Need * 7. Grace is sufficient 11. it’s forgivable. Now with a home base and rooted worship ministry at a local congregation in Dallas. Brilliant! Paul provides us a medley of “Nothing But the Blood” and “Oh the Blood of Jesus” held together with a new chorus in the song. which was co-written with Michael Rossback.COM . This CD is full of great little musical themes and motifs. The bouncy feel just makes you want to sing and dance along in praise. Right from the first note of the first track. This is a CD with some nice worship offerings that are easy to learn and to sing. continues this theme and is a nice stripped down piano-led piece complimented with a string section that showcases Paul’s voice. In this fun little ditty. Paul Baloche and his team are very ‘timing savvy’ when it comes to releasing their music. Christ the Lord 9. This has allowed Shane and Shane to create a completely self-written and self-produced project. and giving Unending Praise to our God. healed the blind. The rest of the musical offerings on this release are well done. and that He loves us in spite of our brokenness. Part of this process has been to sign with a new label. The Same Love. All Because of the Cross 5. The following song. I am always amazed when songwriters can take a single chord progression and write multiple melodies that work well together mixed with an honest and passionate lyric. The best worship song. This album brings us 13 new songs in the classic Baloche style that we know and love. “The One You Need” is a prayer from a father to his child. The Same Love* 2. Just Say 11. Maybe we can’t hear enough about what our God has done. It is a song that resonates with every Christian father and reminds us that we are all beloved children of God. Praise Him After a short break from recording. It is a bit repetitive but the melodies are so good. and very intimate. This is a song of pure joy and good news that makes the listener want to sing along and dance about the freedom we have in Jesus. This could be used as is a great opening song for welcoming the Holy Spirit into your time of worship. Shane and Shane are shifting their ministry focus and concentrating on their families and their local community. As an avid Baloche fan. Stevie Wonder kind of feel. “Future Version” is a fun song with funky 70’s. especially during those tough storms of life. This is a powerful worship anthem that calls upon God to shine His light on us so that we may share it with others. This song of celebration shares the victory that Christ won for us on the Continued on page 48 32 MAR/APR 2012 WORSHIPMUSICIANMAGAZINE. But maybe that was his point. plucking on a banjo throughout this song. Like most of the songs on this album. is “Lift Up the Light”. Without You 4. and is one that our world needs to hear constantly. Victory 9. This is classic Don Moen contemporary worship with a softer feel. and set us free. especially after hearing some of the demos from the free pre-release CD at CMS Northwest back in November. Reign in Me 10. Shout For Joy World-renowned songwriter and worship leader Paul Baloche has again met and exceeded expectations with his latest worship release. This is a wonderful action statement that transcends the song and calls the believer to lay down their burdens at the foot of the cross. It is an interesting take on some classic hymns and I loved how he tied them together with a relevant chorus that will ring true with worshippers. Our God Saves and Glorious.RECORD REVIEWS of the best lyrical ideas on this album. while drummer Carl Albrecht creates a thumping heartbeat with his intricate drum technique. “You’re calling. “The Same Love”. Running to You * 10. The next two offerings. Paul Baloche The Same Love 1. Another one of my favorites on this collection is the bluesy sounding track. and urges us to do the same as we seek the peaceful presence of our God in times of struggle. King of Heaven* 4. The One You Need draws from a variety of musical styles including Southern Rock. “All Because of the Cross”. offertories. kicks off the album with anticipation and energy as the theme of freedom in Christ is presented first and foremost. Look Upon the Lord* 13. This song begins softly and crescendos into a memorable chorus reminding us that we are still loved with the same love of God that created the universe. “Liberty”. Gospel. Mercy Me). “Your Blood Ran Down”. almost to the point of making some of the songs forgettable. and lo and behold the next few songs directly point us to the cross. Shane Barnard and Shane Everett are back with their latest release. Lift up the Light * 12. easy to sing. the blood of Jesus. The most personal track on this release is also the one that is my personal favorite. The Easter song I was speaking of is called. 70’s Funk. Shane & Shane The One You Need 1. Overall this is a solid effort and contains some wonderful moments both for personal listening and corporate worship. and to experience the joy of Salvation. we get to hear Baloche guitarist. The melody is memorable and the lyrics are full of truth and honesty. it is easy to tell that this project is quite a bit different from their previous releases. Miracle 8. Liberty * 2. and most are just different enough musically to keep the listener’s attention throughout. and is another uplifting and joyful song that has a bit of a U2 feel with the delayed guitar and building backbeat. It is full of great reminders of what we as children of God mean to our Father. and receive the rest that is in Jesus. The songs of Uncharted Territory do what they are intended to do: they encourage those in need. suffered the cross. You’re calling us to the cross”. The opening track. and it has a chorus that is sure to be running through your brain long after you hear it for the first time. Oh our Lord* 8. I really appreciate how the track ends with the phrase…. “Oh Our Lord” is similar to “King of Heaven”. “Your Love” and “Without You”. or “special music” songs. “Fair Trade Services” (Laura Story. “King of Heaven”. My Hope 7. “Christ the Lord”. with some refreshing differences from his previous two releases.Jesus Christ. . . Future Version * 5. “The Same Love” is superbly written. Although I appreciated the eclectic musical nature and heartfelt emotion of The One You Need. The songs are rooted in scripture with a nice mix of corporate worship song possibilities and performance-type tracks that could be used as pre-service. Because He’s God 6. So with great anticipation I put the CD into the player and away we went… The album begins with the title track. Ben Gowell. Here we are about ready to jump into the Lenten and Easter Season. Uncharted Territory is VERY thematic. These both would be great for corporate worship as they are easily singable and playable. Your Love 3.

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Kind of “passing on the baton. Before you put together your set list. come after me. coming out of my mouth when I wasn’t and then I’m a “Paul” to those who are trying to be clever. and that’s the people you’re going to encourage what a good leader in worship. but the reward is. a Spanish album in the works. think about AH: Well. and learned. as a husband. and ask God for His heart does. grace. and opportunity that God would bring my you feel like you’ve really connected way.. and love the people. travel. a Collings and a ‘41-000-28 Martin in acoustic.by Aimee Herd continued leaders in some of these other countries. That’s another thing on my heart is to help raise up the next generation of worship leaders. as it says worship. and as one who ministers. by God’s and come alongside to serve with them. I want to PB: Think of Sunday morning as a family time. [The first French album] has really opened I also want to learn how to rest.” In every season of your life. (Laughs) I am mindful that I’m not 25 That’s where the best songs begin. “that which you’ve I always record our worship times.PAUL BALOCHE: New Seasons. entrust to faithful men. Pay anymore (I won’t try to get away with attention to those impulses from the wearing skinny jeans). AH: Looking back at that journey you’d mentioned in the beginning of this interview. rise up in your heart toward the Lord. From the outside it can look the same And the thing with God is. My father passed AH: Will you be doing another album away just recently. up doors with the next generation because I’m wired to work. as the future? you’re leading. help to raise up for them.. but also to be intentional about defining those next generation leaders in different cultures and languages—discipling them. Check his website for tour dates and times. (Of course we did a French worship album about two years ago) And we went to Germany and Finland too. CDs and DVDs: www. what would you say are a couple of the most important things you’d learned and come away with from that time—as a worship leader and songwriter—that you would want to pass on to others in that mentoring kind of way? Continued from page 24 PB: This past year we were in Europe.COM . he was an awesome in another language in the future? man—96—he led an incredibly full life. pay attention to those PB: I’m really at that point where I moments in between songs where things just sense a sort of seasonal change.C. training worship leaders. encouraging them and being available and becoming a friend to them. to try to meet them halfway and not just come in there and do your own thing. and the Same Love . from Ottawa to Victoria B. But. You I want to be a good steward with any can feel people’s appreciation. and I want to make in the works along with a Brazilian and sure that I respond to this season of life.you can just sense such a spirit of unity that overcomes the language barrier.. Find a way to capture those. and local church. To be in another culture and try to learn a few songs in their language can be a beautiful experience. 34 MAR/APR 2012 WORSHIPMUSICIANMAGAZINE.com When it comes to gear. Paul Baloche and his band will be doing a worship tour across Canada beginning April 12th. no matter how big your church is. We sang a few songs in their language. those coming after him.. So think of Sunday morning as being in a giant living room. but just sincerely trying to connect. Any other plans for As far as the songwriting goes. and in electric he plays a ‘67 Epiphone Casino. I’d like to continue to do what I do: having nights of worship. you have to seek God to find the balance between marriage. I hope to heart as you’re in the midst of authentic pass on the things I’ve learned.. New Songs.” I later—during the week—I’ll go back feel like I’m a “Timothy” toward some and listen to the moments in between where I’m still learning and gleaning the songs. in 2 Timothy 2:2. these days Paul alternates between his trusted McPherson. It takes a little bit of work. where those little prayers are from those who’ve gone before me. there’s something as a rock band that’s playing to an new on the horizon audience. So we went to France.. But to learn some of their culture and honor them in that way. they’re your family. music. and I want to finish well. is. They’re not an audience. as a father.leadworship.” trust the Lord that it’s okay to take little “seasons of Sabbath. And my mom now has Alzheimer’s PB: Yes! We’ve got a French album (she’s in her ‘80’s). ministry. Think of yourself and your He can lead you in no team as a “team of pastors” with matter what your age instruments.

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AOL calls it your Lifestream. and more. Some worship leaders post every single thing that comes into their minds or in their daily life. as passions or struggles. and each of us should. Where’s Rick? (appearances). Instead of a post like: “Saddleback This Week: For most of us. but for most of us.com. Scott is the President of FrontGate Media.com/CLNetwork Programming includes: www. I worked together to join me at the Town Center this week for years with Rick Muchow. That’s a great name. to his church. then you are ready to figure out how often to post from each bucket. He has led classes for us at NAMM as well as teaching on marketing to the Christian Leadership Alliance.MINISTRY + ARTISTRY = PROFITABILITY? CREATING YOUR MAP™ By Scott A. You want to engage them in a way that builds them up. Let’s Send me your Social Media questions use Rick as an example. Saddleback’s Teaching & Training teaching series.com. You want to connect with them more deeply. even though we love you Carlos. that you’ve planted your embassy in one I want you to think about the types of or more of the social media countries. that’s a bit over the top. Rick’s songs/ Tune in Creator Worship albums. In addition and I’ll try to answer the most popular to pictures and videos related to his topics as we explore this topic together. He is also the co-founder of Creator Leadership Network: online radio for worship leaders (www.CreatorLeadershipNetwork. Remember that they want you to share in what they are doing too. Stuff is should share. WorshipTeamTraining. tomorrow. outlets. Each As we explore social media more content bucket is an area where you deeply. It’s great to get a bit more personal with folks and share your life. interesting. you can see how easy it is now to post relevant. he has multiple information buckets to choose from. including pictures of the dentist examining each mouth in the family. Saddleback’s calendar. but also what NOT to post. Email your comments or questions to Scott@CreatorLeadershipNetwork.com) and the largest in-reach to Church musicians. Scott is excited about the upcoming Biola Media Conference (BiolaMedia. That does accomplish the goal of sharing more personally. so do keep an eye on your friends. Rick’s gear. We’re what do you share? going to call those content buckets. the worship for our Easter Performance?” pastor at Saddleback Church. Remember your Questions bucket? You can write posts specifically for that bucket. we have lots of information Easter Performance at the Town Center” to share. What does God have in your life. let’s take a look at what you can have ongoing stuff to share. now From a more formal strategy standpoint. the #1 culture-engaged media group reaching the Christian audience (www. There are lots of things you “can” share. We have a lot of experience in this area. One of our core Audience Delivery Services at FrontGate Media is Social Media. Rick’s latest articles. Don’t be that friend who only talks about themselves. You want to provide value to your friends. We haven’t even listed personal areas yet. I spend my time working for our clients to develop a strategy around their ministry or business. “should.FrontGateMedia. fans. but you can also just take content from the other information buckets and turn those posts into questions. and followers. outside of your music and service to the church? That’s where you can get more personal.com).com Richie Fike (Indie Extreme) Monica Coates Tom Jackson NewReleaseTuesday. Shuford Social Media: What Do I Share? So based on the last issue’s column. Saddleback’s set list. It’s about sharing life together. You can also pre-schedule at least a week’s worth of posts in one sitting. That’s going to remind you that you should be asking your friendbase some questions along the way. Rick would not only be trying to figure out what to post. worship leading. Once you’ve listed your content buckets.” defined as information. and to his passions for family and kayaking (and probably other things too).) and is a regular speaker at the Christian Musician Summits.COM .) I want you to add in a bucket named Questions. and you should be too. As I’ve mentioned before in this column. Featured in Adweek. I’m going to share our strategy with you.CreatorWorship.com Tune in Now at 36 MAR/APR 2012 WORSHIPMUSICIANMAGAZINE. Hopefully. there are lots of specific posts for your social media things you don’t really need to be sharing. Rick’s book Online Radio: snippets. or anything else you can think up. so that probably needs to be you might ask instead “Will you be able more than one bucket. and they want to connect with you! Social media is certainly about being… well. we are all about Fan Development. You but as you’ve probably already noticed are going to use these buckets to create from other people’s posts. Content buckets for Rick might include Rick Muchow the Worship Leader.com Rick Muchow (Saddleback Church) Tech Talk with Wade Odum and more… Twitter: @CLNetwork Facebook. Rick the Trainer of Pastors. Notice that I said. Hear it today… Use it That’s all related to his church-work life. engaging information at least 3-5 times per day. things you have available to share. videos. . every day. social. pictures.

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have passion for that to become a reality. . Ph. like so many people. or even worse: people in the church start leaving. So those in leadership have a certain responsibility to make sure the execution of a vision is carried out . exciting. accept responsibility for your actions. Something inside of you feels an uneasiness to comply. In my position as a university professor I walked into a committee meeting the other day and realized my colleagues from other disciplines across campus were all young kids with bright ideas. exhausting. go in a direction. So get a plan in place.S. Lewis We all need the power of the Spirit of God and to work with Him to yield good As you embark on change. If it is a personnel problem don’t just say. and guess how the sound team learned how to use it—by playing with the knobs each Sunday for three months instead of really learning it. through this experience (or have gone Tommy Walker would present new songs. One of the biggest change events happens not when the pastor stops wearing a tie or starts wearing jeans. . “What’s this Israel Houghton music? I used to like the Maranatha! Music standards. give it all to God. through it). Here’s another common instance of change. be prepared to answer the opposition. It is where you are trying to lead but you spend too much time experimenting. .” -C. you have to make sure you have the proper people to help carry out the vision. made up of completely new players and singers without any communication. I was on a worship team where we got a new PA system. you cannot just commission change.edu 38 MAR/APR 2012 WORSHIPMUSICIANMAGAZINE.” and after the person steps down three months later. the pastor who has settled in but after a year or two he makes his move. your peers and your pastoral leaders. A bad sign is the problem is it is the system is more when worship team members are being complicated than the simple Mackie replaced and before long the team is portable speakers he used to set-up. When I If you. don’t do it fruit. it happens most when the worship leader goes from one style of music to another. or the choir gives up a certain dress code on stage. because now your church gets to use make sure you get the green light to share that fancy soundboard equipment.AUTHENTIC WORSHIP By Michael Gonzales The Dynamics of Change Change can be very difficult. point is: everyone on your team and the media-team need to be prepared for change. some of your players and singers show up each week a little bitter. That church did not think about all aspects of worship. order to move forward. The pastor was frustrated but couldn’t really fire the volunteer.nothing lasts forever on this earth. they think it.COM . Especially in the case where you have been let go.” If people don’t say it. Build a plan. If you are being pressured to change.D. Usually it is the new guy. Remember. You might lose a worship team member. You make the the inner circle of decision makers who move and your soundman is excited guide the church. or a combination of the aforementioned. if things get worse you sense that you are losing support from your biggest cheerleader—your pastor. you bring someone else in because you were afraid to be up front for fear of hurt feelings. fearful. Biola University mike. I was the oldest dude in the room! I realized two things after that meeting—I have to keep changing myself. Share it with those that need to know. They weren’t prepared for change. in secret. Change will never occur unless you take that first step! Another area of concern is what I call the AREA 51 SYNDROME. My Michael Gonzales. You will need the support of Here is another example of change. because if the pressure for change becomes too great then you wind up leaving either because you have been let go or you have already found another assignment. but before actually executing rented church facility instead of meeting it make sure you share your vision with in a middle school gym. get them on your side. but with your worship team. The most common change is moving from “blended” music to a more progressive style. Let me tell you . In your prayer time you see that things may not be turning out the way you expected. but most of the time they don’t. he had hoped for. The pastor wants to make a move. That is also a bad sign. “We decided not to have a keyboardist anymore. In fact. Some things work. and someday I will not be the flavor of the decade—it will time for change. People start saying. It is good for you to put a plan together on Your church is now going to meet in a your own.but sometimes there is a cost. It does no one any You have to let go at some point in good pressuring people into worship. the material over and over again as he “Getting over a painful experience saw they were not accomplishing what is much like crossing monkey bars. are going went to Christian Assembly in Eagle Rock. and by not training the audio staff they did not invest in a proper resource to help the body of Christ in that place. Communication prevents many wounds. only to realize down the road they wish you were back for a variety of reasons. then the church leaders exert their own pressure to get somebody to fill that slot. take a deep breath and give it to God. .gonzales@biola. I hope you can relate to the but he had the wisdom to stop presenting dynamics of change. Professor. Once that is done.

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The fanfare at the top of the song (to me) should set up the “I know I’m about to Worship” moment.it’s that one spice that you need a bit of in just about everything. Getting comfortable with the scale degree numbers is also a great way to map out Doug Doppler is signed to Steve Vai’s Favored Nations label and is currently in production on the Get Killer Tone DVD series. put this program on your tool belt.run. Now hit the same keys while calling out 1 2. Many. which in theory. just toggle C D. Like each of you.V :|| is that it doesn’t matter what key you’re in.COM . Signature lines at the top of the song allows the congregation to prepare to enter into Worship. 1 6. Dynamics are like salt . and this will do a lot to open up your ears and fingers to hearing and effectively playing different intervals. If your team toggles between male and female Worship Leaders. I shared with Bruce that I was still waiting for my download and he kindly gave me a kick-start on the inspiration. Living with the songs is a great way to practice the art of learning arrangements without your instrument in hand. but if you get in the habit. . . iPod. Hillsong’s Nigel Hendroff is someone who has inspired me every bit as much as Joe Satriani or Jeff Beck. Perhaps the best demonstration of this can be found in the video clip you can link to by scanning the In talking with my Worship Pastor about below QR Code on your mobile device– my presentation at a recent conference as or by searching for Doug Doppler. how to play it. you won’t! The other great thing about getting comfortable with the bass note movement in terms of thinking of it as say ||: I ii. don’t walk to your laptop. 1 1. and set onto my iPhone with him. thank YOU Bruce Adolph. I get bogged down with life and am not always able to do as much as I would like before rehearsal. I and Norm Stockton on YouTube. some of us just struggle to find the original part at all. Find a piano and using the white keys. as well as view key arrangement notes. . it just drives me nuts when people ad lib on his parts to the point where it doesn’t sound like them anymore.com . The ear training exercise I mentioned a moment ago is a great way to get comfortable with intervals for learning to find notes that are not right next door to each other. and then try to imitate that. Most guitar players have a tendency to think in a linear sense. or sometimes even the first service. My life is made manageable thanks to this AWESOME program. 40 MAR/APR 2012 WORSHIPMUSICIANMAGAZINE. He knows what to play. My suggestion would be to watch a Stevie Ray Vaughn DVD and take note of the range of dynamics he gets out of his right hand. 1 4. suffer for Monotonitis . you’ve probably figured out that I’m a bit of a rehearsal nut. and just as importantly: when to play it. This issue. It allows me to download the songs and charts. if not most guitar players. If you’re looking for a tool that allows you to know all the things you want to know come rehearsal. In a word . So.GUITAR GRAB BAG By Doug Doppler Bringing it Home to the House of God Just in case you’ve been wondering. I also do a lot in setting up my tones to insure I can step on various buttons that bring my level up and down. So. shared my practice of downloading the Until next time. so let’s open up a can of Doppler’s Practical Soup. I do very little to actually change them. Right around a day or so before the final deadline the Holy Spirit puts something on my heart and away I go. and I love to bring my best for the Lord. As you’ve gotten to know me through these columns. my right hand allows me to play up to that volume and back down again dynamically. Scale singing is something that guitar players don’t do much of. That being said. As much as I do add some subtle embellishment to them. think of adding some salt if you feel you want to change something up. .it ROCKS! I love signature lines. I love to play. With a cooking analogy in mind. once again. I gathered my thoughts for this article. C G.. In turn. 1 3. the bass note movement of the chords if you don’t have the charts in front of you. I ALWAYS look forward to writing this column. I’ve learned SO much from him that this is a great opportunity to frame some of what I consider to be an amazing Worship guitar experience with what I’ve learned from and through playing his parts. He and his wife Melissa live to serve the Kingdom and are members of Cornerstone Fellowship in the San Francisco Bay Area. a week or so out from deadline. 1 5. the scope of this article is going to be about being effective within the framework of making the music fun to play and inspirational to Worship to! Let me start by saying that if you have not had a chance to check out PlanningCenterOnline.. if you’re driving and have your iPhone plugged into your car stereo (like I do). this skill is an invaluable one. much love to you. Without a God Bless. Zoro. and C and its octave while singing the pitches. C F. C E.playing at the same dynamic level over and over and not knowing why their playing feels flat. as opposed to. or desktop. iPhone. For starters. it can do so much to help you find the intervals your fingers can miss. huge amount of surprise I found that he did the exact same thing. I love to practice. C B. that movement is still the same. 1 7. C A. essentially framing the loudest I can be in a section. “It kind of sounds like that song” one.

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Tom has more understanding when we admit been teamed with many worship leaders and our shortfalls. we who represent the King of Kings that came as a servant to all. I highly encourage approaching the offenders privately and holding them accountable to a higher standard. but God will get our attention sooner or later. disappointment etc. and writes regularly for various worship publications worldwide. I’m as selfish as anyone and have my own issues. For those in mentoring and fatherly/big brother type roles. you know that they do need us to help them along.. it’s about pleasing God. He continues to record his own work. Even in worship on Sunday morning they’re watching to see what we’re doing and how we’re doing it. We don’t do that when we consistently act out in our flesh instead of the spirit. That alone makes me very aware of my attitude. and it’s not fulfilling our own musical or ministry ambitions. Ask questions like. know that the Word instructs us on bad behavior. but we need to let God help us grow beyond our humanity into the people He calls us to be. Musicians are some of the most insecure people that I’ve found. We can coast on autopilot for a while. I see it all the time and it’s never really justified. If there’s one place I feel there’s no room for bad attitudes. I think we need to grow up and be willing to admit it. If that’s happening on your team or in your ministries. coupled with a deep need to feel significant. short. regarding our own issues of insecurity. or self-serving? Do we prefer others. we can become callous and oblivious to the Spirit of God desiring to engage and commune with us. or to call them out and embarrass them in front of the team. But I know from experience that feelings are hurt every week in churches for some reason or another. anger. I know we are human and will make mistakes and there’s grace for that. curt. . checking our own spirit constantly. 42 MAR/APR 2012 WORSHIPMUSICIANMAGAZINE. lead worship. but I feel that it’s an attribute we’ve become much too associated with. Honestly. or position? To be human is OK. taking it all in. Work hard to change Nashville. but we should know better and at the very least. are we irritable. and I’ve not always been the right or best example for sure—but I do work hard to be because I believe it’s extremely important. It’s not that we must come to the worship table as perfected people .THE BAND By Tom Lane Lose the Attitude I’m not sure what it is about the muso make up and personality that makes us prone to feel so entitled. the healthier we are artists. Regardless of the skill level of a team. offensive. I’m at events all the time and there are always young musos hanging around watching us. and it does matter! Again. in ministry and music around the Asking forgiveness and apologizing world. songwriter goes a long way. and subsequently they develop some bad behaviors. we have a greater mission than performing or impressing. TN is home for the things we do poorly as opposed to Tom Lane though he is involved defending ourselves or rationalizing. and people are and guitar player. let’s be honest about it and confess it to those we’re offending. then in reality we don’t have a good ministry. Young people excite me. The more I do in the worship arena.we can’t! But we can come in spirit and truth. bitterness. The platform of worship is not a territory to defend or own. The ideal is to be as balanced and healthy as we can possibly be. ought to bow What I encourage is honesty. protect our space. the more convinced I am that God is more passionate about people than performances and programs. it’s the worship ministry. so why do we become so attached and feel entitled? And why are we so easily offended and miffed when others invade “our space?” It was never ours! Do you ever feel like there’s a pink elephant in the room and no one wants to call the spade a spade? As lovingly as I possibly can I want to say this to anyone involved with a worship band/team. We have to work to not let it become a gig that we do with no heart attached. What difference does it make if we sound good and play well but treat other people as insignificant or unimportant? What good do we do if we ensure we have everything the way we want or like it in the name of excellence or good production. They’re not nearly as weighed down with baggage. and with God. and that begins with integrity personally. If some of the most talented and respected musicians on the planet can maintain humility. If we don’t have good attitudes. and are still full of zeal and passion. If we’re low! prone to blow up or be critical. If serving in worship becomes too routine. As a singer.COM . . Also. the better and stronger our relationships will be. then even more so. but run right over people to get there? It’s not worth it. we never have the right to treat people sub par.

this will be an extremely valuable tool to help work on some rough areas with your singers and let them see and receive immediate feedback on songs or vocal lines that may need extra attention. and then clicked over to the Summer 1969 patch. or on the floor as a stomp-box as you sing live or in the studio. The VoiceLive Play has one XLR input for connecting either a Dynamic or a Condenser mic. Effects.com I WORSHIPMUSICIANMAGAZINE. Summer 1969. a scroll knob. Kevin Kevin Wilber is the Pastor of Worship Arts for Sunrise Baptist Church in Puyallup. Alternative. Megaphone. I was blown away by the number of harmony options that are available. . and then red when you are pushing it too hot and your signal is peaking. Taylor Sparks. Guitar. or 2 of the foot-switches! I love devices that give you flexibility and have thought through the different ways that you may be using the unit. while a headphone output is included for private practicing or studio applications.you can purchase a special mic from TC-Helicon called the MP-75 that has a button on the microphone that allows you to control the VoiceLive Play right from the mic! There is a mic gain wheel on the side of the processor.SoundTechPiano. and it’s a lot of fun to scroll through each effect and see what surprise the “Hit” button is going to bring. and had attached my headphones. You can page through the effects using the scroll knob. Not only can this be a valuable tool for you to use to improve your own vocals. you can choose from All Effects. Or imagine being able to use this tool during auditions to give immediate. Stick the VoiceLive Play near something loud and the Roomsense mics will pick up key info from the music you are making. but for those of you that train and work with other vocalists. After using the practice tool for some time. Echo. or edited presets). as my ear could not detect any lag between my vocal input and the effected output. If you’re a music fan. the arrow buttons. and Drums. One additional feature that isn’t immediately obvious is that this effects unit has an ambient mic built into it. and an LED light that changes from green (for acceptable input levels) to yellow. Simple interface buttons are labeled Genre. but also to have documented evidence that allows to help people understand why they might not be selected for the team this year. you can immediately see that some thought and testing has gone into the interface and layout. In fact. For example. The effects sound amazing. Reverb.PRODUCT REVIEW By Kevin Wilber TC-Helicon VoiceLive Play When you pull the VoiceLive Play unit out of the box. Find out more at www. and Store. choose the Songs and Artists category and you’ll find effects that are named Jaylo on Floor. and is a Piano Tuner and Repair Techician. And you’ll be impressed with the solid metal chassis and the way that the foot-switches are angled away from the soft-touch buttons and scroll knob. It is different for each patch. You c a n also hold this button down and the unit will shift to “bypass” mode so that you can talk to your audience with an unaffected sound between songs. Country. Let’s get some details out of the way first. With a large LCD screen. and Want U2 Want Me. and by how smooth and responsive the effects were as I ran through some favorite vocal lines and just closed my eyes and enjoyed how GOOD this thing makes me sound! One more cool feature is the 3rd footswitch labeled “Hit/Hold for Talk”. Doubling. Extreme. Hey Jude-Y. The last feature that I’d like to focus on is the “Practice” feature. with an additional 2 buttons for Back. Harmony. The Practice screen gives you valuable feedback about your pitch while you sing. A USB interface (and included cable) allows you to connect the VoiceLive Play to your computer and tweak and download effects using VoiceSupport software (downloadable from the TCHelicon website). Pop. you will get another layer of effects for that patch. OR . He is also teaches music lessons for Piano. You can also use the Vocal Cancel feature to remove the lead vocals from the track and put yourself in as the frontman for the band. you can use the information it gathers to help you focus on improving specific areas of your vocal performances. or it could be some harmonies or some Hardtune that is added. YMCA people. objective feedback to the singers that are auditioning! What a relief to have the selection process not just be a matter of “opinion”. This effects processor was designed to be used on a table top alongside of your recording gear. or to the mixer for your live setting. or reverb.COM MAR/APR 2012 43 . In Air 2Night. Bass. as well as giving them practical advice for areas they can improve on for the next audition. Edge of Gaga. An Aux input allows you to attach a CD player or MP3 player and sing along with your favorite songs and artists. The VoiceLive Play has an MSRP of $345 Enjoy using this sweet little processor. Rock. and Character.SunriseBaptist. Choosing any of those patches will instantly add those iconic sounds to your voice! I honestly don’t know how long I was lost in this category while paging through different effects and busting out my best rendition of my favorite songs! I spent a good 15 minutes doing my best Phil Collins impersonation. Geddit Started. and Mix. 8 soft-touch buttons. I am Eggman. and starting wailing about the best days of my life! It was about then that I realized that the guys painting the office next to mine were being treated to a full-blown acappella karaoke concert! I sure hope they appreciated my full-throated crooning J The other category that captured my attention for an extended period of time was the Harmonies tab. the stats monitor runs continuously as you use the VoiceLive Play and will give you an up to the minute record of how accurately you’ve been singing. by kicking on the “Hit” feature. Songs and Artists. Showcase (a sampling of what’s possible with the vocal effects). Favorite. you will immediately begin to recognize artist and songs that have an iconic sound. picked up my 6-string. It will then automatically adjust your harmonies and Hardtune effects to make them sound killer! Once I had a mic plugged in. Hardtune. and the responsiveness of the unit might as well be called instantaneous. Favorites (where you keep effects that you have tagged as you’ve found ones you like. No One Alicia K. know I sure did! For His Fame. In any of the presets. just to name a few. Hip Hop/Rap. Dance. Each of these categories then has numerous pre-built effects to choose from. Setup. . like a worship team for example. the first thing you’ll notice is the simple interface and the rugged construction.org and www. Left and Right XLR outputs let you send the signal to your recording interface. WA. the first thing I did was to hit the Genre button and begin scrolling through the various factory presets. It might be the addition of some delay. In the Genre window. and 3 foot-switches. Practice.

rock. get things done and “in the can” under the worst conditions. the best thing to do is to fix the problem ASAP . and so has the way I perceive the job I have done for so many years. The negative programming and messaging coming from Hollywood. political. I believe as a camera operator. and a good crew is vital to presenting subjects and content in the best possible way with the resources available. it doesn’t matter the size. Being a camera operator means respecting and being part of the crew.com/ hub/What-does-being-a-camera-operatormean. the professional business connection web site. and has produced or directed internationally distributed DVDs. When I first became a steadicam operator a client called and asked me to shoot a pornography film. Colleen is a fellow member of the free TV Camera Operator group on Linked IN.CAMERA By Craig Kelly What Does Being a Camera Operator Mean? This month. Being the camera operator also means being reliable and a storyteller. BC Canada Writer.hubpages. it’s the camera operator that goes. camera operators never choose who to shoot. refugees. rants and raves. It’s generally an amazing experience to be part of any good crew. or what would find inside your church setting. Being a camera operator on a small or large set or show means being a problem solver. means to visually contribute to the airwaves of our world in thoughtful. responsible. Producer. These days he is often involved in speaking. I’m appreciative of the fact that she agreed to let me share this with you. Being a good camera operator means being flexible. Here is that article. even though camera operators are part of the team. clients. sports. writing and talking about Television camera operators and directing. Operators are hired for jobs and shoot whatever or whoever is in front of them. I believe being a camera operator means respecting the people being put in front of the lens. for a close up look inside.because “the show must go on” . it’s either for the day or “shooting” portion of the production. children. events and concerts in broadcasting. Editor. I think that this is valuable to every camera operator – even volunteers.31 yrs and counting. it means a share in the responsibility for the content created using images supplied by the operator.500 live shows. I treat them as I would want to be treated. drug addicts. up in the glider. instead of getting upset. in the bobsled. workshops. in a nutshell. It is vitally important to understand that for a moment in space and time a camera operator is allowed into someone else’s world. director. pros. movie and sports stars. The lost money came back in the form of other work. talent.. audience. the job should be turned down. with respect. I turned them down flat. the team that pulls the show together and makes the magic happen. prostitutes. their space. If there’s only “room for one” when shooting a story. events and sports production since 1977. people of literally all backgrounds and I treat them all the same. If the messages aren’t appropriate. Thirty years ago my answer would have been different. I have been asked several times now what it means to be a camera operator. consideration. no matter what the shooting conditions. healthier world. He is also involved in ministry based events and concerts. I told them that it wasn’t about the money but about the content. interviews. I was being paid to shoot live music. their 3 foot bubble. Generally speaking. What does being a Camera Operator Mean? 30 years of camera operating has given me interesting perspective and after 30 years the answer changes. means having a strong character and being able to face challenges. illegal. I think she has put this into a nice perspective and that you might find it interesting if you want to hear what it is like for some professional camera ops. because a lot of times there’s only the opportunity to get one shot. corporate television. and taking that as a serious responsibility. I was being paid to work in TV! Being a camera operator means different things in different productions. when we take a contract we need to think of the messaging that we are contributing to putting out into the world. With a background as an international freelance cameraman. Lastly and most importantly. Communication is very important. and everyone else who may have anything to do with the shot. feedback. NOTE: The TV Camera Operator Group on LinkedIn is a free group for anyone interested in connecting with TV professionals around the world. Paid to work in TV! When I first got into the television industry I had grandiose ideas of what shooting for television would be like. Being a camera operator means realizing that your pictures will influence the perception of how people understand messages.com about anything you read here. fragile. I decided to take a different approach and asked professional TV Camera Operator Colleen Corley if I could share an article she recently wrote for a blog-site she contributes to. What it means and what the job is are two completely different questions . Pass this on to your pals and fellow crew members too – why not? It’s free.. he has shot national and local level sports and corporate video for over twenty years. newscasts. and unpredictable. http://eyesay. Sometimes the subject matter is personal. I encourage comments. mine have changed. and the rest of the world now. professional and caring ways with a team of like-minded individuals . things change. Camera Operator. The job of a camera operator goes beyond the pictures captured. freelancers take pretty much all calls. I’ve interviewed and worked with political leaders. Television director Craig Kelly’s career has included over 3.cam@craigjkelly. They were excited that a woman was operating a steadicam because they had a new actress that really wanted a female camera operator. on the chairlift.I’m going to answer the first one. down in the sewer. camera operators need to interpret what the director wants and capture it under uncontrolled conditions quite often. whatever. Her original post can be found at. well that’s in an ideal world anyway. Thank you for sharing some interesting insight into to a great industry Colleen. is not helping to build a better. In TV when things change. and I wasn’t interested. immoral. documentaries.COM . Although this insight isn’t offered from the viewpoint of a church shooter. which means coming back with good usable footage and sound every time. As always – please feel free to contact me at ZoomIT. From my perspective. Back in my early days I didn’t think of the consequences or destination of the content of my footage. being in front of the camera can be an intimidating place to be. Good communicators.and on time. being able to take charge. homeless people. Jimmy Jib Operator. NOTE: Colleen Corley is a Vancouver. “The show must go on” is actually true! The camera operator on set needs to be able to multitask and work with all levels of people on set: the techs. The director wanted to use the technology as a technique that would give the film an identifiable look and style. Perspective is how we view the world based on our experiences. I thought I’d be picking the shows I wanted to do but quickly learned that wasn’t the case. Generally. To be a good camera operator. 44 MAR/APR 2012 WORSHIPMUSICIANMAGAZINE. and interest in their story. and Director . When they came back with quite a large money offer and the promise of continued work. because no matter how well prepared the production is. and other doors opened like they always do. being a camera operator.

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When we do.in music as sung prayers to God. color. One problem. I think about how the words move my Again. and stir my soul. my family and I went to visit a new church. Scripture to song. The band had a good set of musicians. Sibelius USA and G3 Music Publishing. He holds an MA in Worship and BM in Music Composition/Performance.worshipteamtraining. adjusting the – Ps. that when recording. leaders and artists in becoming authentic worship-followers of Jesus Christ. I spend my time reading and Psalms used to describe the glory of God asking God to help me identify with the and the recounts of His greatness. Not only are the list together. inquire of the Lord by saying: “what are When we see how David and the other the songs that Your people have a need Psalmists address.” worship I’ve experienced. As crafted music. In imaginative and beautiful way. it says: “Lyric means to sing the songs of your church – expressing the writer’s emotions in an is to know the songs of your people. how do we as leaders. 108. Featured WTT Radio Show Host on Creator Leadership Network to 70k listeners.COM . can help about this passage: “But from everlasting our music serve the lyrics. sing-able. “singing the songs of your church versus According to Webster’s New World singing songs in your church. Just the other Sunday. we examined the Biblical importance of lyrics. these key lines found in the Psalms: “I will sing and make music with all my soul. therefore. Printed in the United States of America. and/or re-arranging the Thou Art” and “Beautiful One. they focus on what the lyrics are saying to help them interpret the musical direction. com) a ministry providing live workshops and online resources for local worship ministries.worshipteamtraining. the most memorable times in the Inside Out. message are in sync. effort to make the words audible and When I think about the power of lyric. what are the songs you hear description alone has its own lyrical from the relationships around you: songs of struggle. com The power in music is not found in its volume. How much more Now that we have looked at the power so. endorsed by Promark Drumsticks and Jim Hewett Guitars. I simply also serve as a form of communication. God takes His words and the words from his people seriously. we could hear the driving bass and crashing of cymbals coming from the building. our congregations? Simple: give them In talking about lyric and its power. Ultimately.” This other words. when worshipers experience this of lyrics. All Rights Reserved. Upon entering. witness their spiritual depth. From the Bible. words give us another said before. Branon is called to lead worship teams. As we walked through the parking lot. The worship leader had a nice voice and sang a few songs we knew. and into deeper intimacy with the Almighty. we to everlasting the LORD’s love is with serve those who fear him.17 to God by uniting His people and helping the tunes: “All Hail The Power Of Jesus them respond in cooperate worship. we join in harmony with Scripture as it says: “Through Jesus.” Picking a lower key. when a good melody and voice to make confession to Holy God. In worship. Why is this God. are when the The beauty of song and lyric is simply congregation connects with the words a tool. Christian Musician / Worship Musician Magazine / Christian Musician Summit. health. we are to connect of His message. New Column Writer for Worship Musician Magazine and TCMR iLevite Magazine and CCLITV Video Training Contributor. Instructor/Speaker at Christian Musician Summit.” “Everlasting God. exclaim. let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that Branon Dempsey is the CEO/ openly profess his name. we have a responsibility to use words that matter.” How instrumentation of the band. because our worship matters to God.15 Founder and Training Director of Worship Team Training® (www. and family? Or would quality. and emotion of the song. I can’t help blessings? Second. As God draws our hearts by well. Good words help explore the height. Worship Team Training® is sponsored by Creator Leadership Network. the life of His people. and proceeded to sing and worship. we’re just singing songs. Visit: www. we words to sing. serving 40+ churches per year. as we sing of His .” and “From Personally. think about who’s singing in mind. We found a place to camp. and pray to sing. God is honored by our words. its good to understand why and how our words of worship can move us beyond the set list. they be songs of victory. In continuing this conversation. the impacts on the There’s nothing like the power of a great church are huge – especially when they melody that’s married to a great message can hear it! that unites our hearts in praise. Therefore. Most Nashville studio musicians well tell you. Before putting a set songs in written form. in worship leading. and the truth important? Perhaps.WORSHIP TEAM TRAINING By Branon Dempsey Beyond the Set List (Part 2) In Part I of this article. I wondered if we had enough money to pay the cover charge. we also feel their emotion and them?” Without singing about the life of 46 MAR/APR 2012 WORSHIPMUSICIANMAGAZINE. Nor could we hear ourselves and others sing above the worship band. they happenings of our congregation. soften my heart. 13. healing. 103. empower discovery in rendering praises to God. match the momentbut think about the Psalms. with our Lord on a deeper and more As you lead with the band. This is found in making connections from These are not accomplished musicians. what but average Joes who want to honestly song titles can you connect from some of connect with God. Name.” – Ps. and how can we honor You by to God.1 to the songs: “How Great overall volume. This is what I refer to as need to first learn the definition of lyric. and When I think about lyric. depth. These ancient by-moment needs of your church to writings were actually the first known Scripture and prayer. We couldn’t hear the words. “ – Heb. the church – not just your own voice. who could play well. make every human level. but in its lyric.Branon Dempsey word.” What it Dictionary (on my Mac). 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sanded. This song is simply angelic and is one of my favorites The album ends with another upbeat song of praise. there are a number of exceptional Christian artists that appear on The Same Love including veteran songwriter and One Sonic Society band member. Paul takes a few more risks musically on this album. 10. memorable choruses. backed by piano and strings. and bring the listener back to the core of our daily need for a Savior. Jason Ingram. The fretboard has 21 frets and a nut width of 1&3/4”.. 9. I would have liked to have seen Jeremy go a bit deeper with a few of these tracks lyrically. as if putting an exclamation point on the end of his album and pleading with us. allows the necks and fretboards to be cast simultaneously as a single graphite matrix. summer. honest. Sound of the Broken * Now is the Time Only God Who Saves Sons and Daughters Surrender Emptied * Where You Are Faithful Father of Lights This Reflection * RECORD REVIEWS song ends with a victorious end-lyric of “. and Hillsong’s Ben Fielding just to name a few. That is the mark of a great worship album. Yes for us West Coast guys – we like low action! The necks don’t twist. You gotta like that! www. This is a high energy worship offering that will have your congregation out of their seats. while still holding true to the classic format that has made him one of the most prolific worship writers of the modern era. and is doing. 6. 4. Jeremy Horn Sound of the Broken 1. Jeremy Horn’s third release. 2. 8. “This Reflection”. 5. Let’s talk about the electronics. and this H-WS1000N2 model is simply beautiful. singing at the top of their lungs this Easter. Continued from page 32 cross and the hope of eternity that we have in Jesus. The Same Love is a worship album that presents songs with more stylistic variety than some previous Baloche projects. Since 2009.COM . The instrument comes with a really modern shaped hardshell case to match the overall vibe. and buffed until only the thinnest mirrored surface remains. after listening to the first 5 or 6 songs. Performance Shape Casting™. It feels comfortable when you wrap your hand around it.00 or so) – check out their dealer list on the website. A few years back RainSong moved to Woodinville. WA (my home state). but I want to see these young upcoming worship leaders who write music take some bigger musical risks in their albums. but also because I love worship songs that remind us of our sinful condition and how our God loved us enough to offer Himself as our sacrifice.PRODUCT REVIEW Continued from page 8 what about the neck and fretboard you ask? The necks are easy to play. serving as the Minister of Worship and Music at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Tacoma. sees the empty hands.399. did I mention how light this guitar is to hold? Yes. Their guitars are finished clear. just to be disappointed by the lack of depth to most of his choruses. which is very exciting to see. You really don’t get that chance until the last song. I will say that he has a very down-to-earth style about him which gives his music a nice honesty and transparency. to expose the three-dimensional beauty and distinction of graphite’s weave. “ …Jesus is all you need”. 3. “Shout for joy! See what love has done. He’s the saving One!” It is a wonderful ending track that wraps up the entire album nicely. I know beauty is in the eye of the beholder. songwriter. a process invented by RainSong. Another selection that had me singing along and thinking about my own faith was the song. Since there is no wood. I am impressed from start to finish with this guitar. The N2 is a result of a collaboration with artist Steve Miller and Master Luthier John Bolin. I really enjoyed this song. Sound of the Broken. jump in your car or get on that “big ol’ airliner” and tour anywhere in the world. This album had a few really nice moments but overall I found this CD had too much similarity of style from song to song. “Loved by You” is a humble song of prayer that incorporates another string section and classical guitar. the all-graphite construction works wonders with pickups. Because graphite is a natural enhancer of electrical energy. Kathryn Scott. “Look Upon the Lord” is a gorgeous duet with Kari Jobe.rainsong. The neck design is based on a modified “U” profile that has been popular in guitars since the 1950s. The 48 MAR/APR 2012 WORSHIPMUSICIANMAGAZINE. but I really like the look of graphite myself. Gerod is a singer. straightforward collection of honest worship songs that are relevant. We are told to “…remember who you are and what you’ve done and that your sins have been washed in the blood”. and recording artist who has a passion for taking Biblical truths and implanting them on the hearts of God’s people through music. confessional song that reminds us again about just how amazing the sacrifice our God made for us was. spring. “Reign in Me” and “Just Say” follow and are intimate songs of worship that center around the themes of surrender and longing. what about the looks of it you ask? RainSong believes that graphite is not something to cover up. This worship collection is full of scripture-rich lyrics. 7. not just because it boasts incredible guitar tone and an overall groove that I was tapping my foot to. quiet prayers.800. He has come for us. or fall… just go ahead and grab your RainSong. especially on his choruses. the listener. or something a little quieter and different. Jeremy gets very “real” in this last song. “Shout for Joy” which has an almost tribal drum backbeat and that keeps the song driving in a nice direction. to not forget what Christ did and to remember who we are now because of it. So whether it is winter. The best song on this CD is the title track “Sound of the Broken”. guitarist. Layers of clear UV protective finish is applied. We have all heard songs that speak of a similar idea of emptying oneself and surrendering all to the Lord. Besides Kari Jobe. now Your freedom reigns” which had me singing out loud in my chair with a big smile on my face. he has been living his dream. I love guitar-driven worship. This is proof that not all good songs take a lot of time to write. and fills them with His love and grace.once in chains. is a simple. but Jeremy takes this idea a little further as the song goes on and points us to a God who hears the sinner’s prayer. another bonus to an already fun guitar to play. but I would like to see some different musical style woven into future projects. I read somewhere that this was written in far less time than the others on this album and was recorded in one day. I guess they just wanted to be closer to me because they knew how much I like graphite guitars! Oh. just in case you want to adjust the neck relief to your own preferences. I just love how Paul creates space by using the lighter instruments on these tracks to give us time to breathe and worship. and this album is full of them. I found myself on more than one occasion being drawn in by his opening verses that were full of life and very personal. This particular model has a N2 style neck. I found myself wanting to hear a piano-led song. This model comes with a Fishman Prefix Plus T with an on-board tuner. Paul’s vocals glide above the rhythm as he calls us to…. or need any adjustment whatsoever. “Emptied”. warp. when we humble ourselves! As a child of the 80’s (Yes I am getting old) I appreciate a good rock guitar tone and some screaming licks. Gerod Bass is a ministry veteran who has been serving God’s people through worship and youth ministry for more than 20 years. Your guitar will still be in a good mood and ready to play when you get there! Does RainSong think their graphite guitars will last? The warranty is for the lifetime of the original purchaser. and wonderful expressions of love to our God that are sure to be in the hearts and on the lips of worshippers around the world.com H-WS1000N2 Retail $2. What a great way to point us back to what God has done. The lyrics are very bold and point right to the heart of who we are in Jesus. That being said. This also allows something else I desire in an acoustic guitar – low string height over the fretboard. He ends the song with the simple phrase that should ring true in every heart that hears this song.00 (but remember – never pay retail – you can find them for around $1. This is simply a wonderful. This model comes with a truss rod. bow.

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Some other instructors.fretboardjournal. (In fact. the music he plays with his Brooklyn-based trio sounds like a hybrid of all three—and it can turn on a dime from playfully quirky to deeply spiritual. which I’m now going to pass keeping a strict down/up/down pattern. editor. The problem we’re seeking to correct is a weak picking attack. First I offered up a slow tune (no repeat the pattern. These days. I suspect. or cracking any of them. that I wasn’t asking him anything about following exercise (Fig 1). writer. Your goal is to hit each note cleanly. adding a note each time you know about Martin at www. and Jewish traditional music. Bethany Presbyterian Church.MANDOLIN By Martin Stillion Playing the Mandolin: Advice from Andy In January I had the very great privilege of sitting down for a private lesson with Andy Statman. Webmaster. Andy had me play through the his other lives he’s a husband. below is a link for a video where bluegrass great John Reischman gives a very clear demonstration of how pick angle affects his tone). along to you. That being Martin said. Finally. In practice. composer. it’s not that martin or www. father. have recommended holding the pick at a slight angle. Now. Ten minutes of this per day for six weeks. he asked me to play something G scale. Conceptually. plays at Seattle’s I actually went to Andy for advice on now. I agree with Andy that the flat grip Multi-instrumentalist is going to be more beneficial for me right Stillion. without dropping. A true musician’s musician. where at higher speeds the right hand isn’t keeping up with the left. Play it as fast as you can.com/video/john-reischmans-loar-mandolin Fig 1                                     50 MAR/APR 2012 WORSHIPMUSICIANMAGAZINE. a 20-year veteran of worship bands. Learn more than you wanted to an hour. Andy gave me an a single pick stroke for each note and assignment. problem) and then a fast one. in which I easy. which he dispensed patiently and thoroughly … but he seemed surprised Next. in yours as well.emando. after about it’s pretty simple: just go up and down the and musician.stillion. will make a big difference in my playing … and. In composing. myself included. using flubbed a few notes. Use open strings rather than the 7th fret. I urge you to check him out. bebop.com. I just hope I’m able to prove him right before long. http://www. Andy says. flubbling.COM . not everyone will tell you that.com/ for him. Andy is a widely acknowledged world-class master of two completely unrelated instruments (mandolin and clarinet) and three widely divergent musical styles: bluegrass. If you haven’t heard of Andy. playing the mandolin. Andy’s first piece of advice was to hold the pick parallel to the strings.

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one of their worship leaders. we are already planning the 4th Annual Night of Worship. Not only that. knowing the fallible human that I am. In fact. and Israel Houghton. At the end of their set another person walked up to me and said. Kingdom Bound is a large Christian music festival in upstate New York who also partners with us in our CMS conference in Buffalo and now in Nashville. to be able to worship God there at the Hilton Hotel. Praise God for that too! I am humbled to think that the Lord has entrusted me. Linc’s guitar tone wasn’t the only great tone of the night… when Linc stepped up to the mic to talk with the crowd… the ministry tone of his comments about the Lord and why we all need Him in our lives as Savior was something else as well. but there is something that lately has stepped up to a new level”. the church sponsored the airfare for 22 people from their worship team to come and support the event and take in the NAMM show. our good friends from our Christian Musician Summit in Buffalo (CMS@TheChapel). we still attracted 1. I have seen Lincoln probably 25 times in concert over the last 10 years and I’ll tell you what I told him. NAMM offers several different topics of training in their Hot Zone classrooms and our classes on worship had the biggest attendance out of all of them.300 folks and filled the Pacific Ballroom at the Hilton Hotel.EDITOR’S CORNER Continued from page 7 This year two other major events were going on at the same time. “The last few times I have seen Linc. Tony Morra (drums) and Emedin Rivera (percussion). Tom Lane (guitar). I indeed am honored to have the best seat in the house and get to watch it all unfold. The Blues Counsel blazed through a tight set of tunes that hilighted each of the player’s talents. Will McFarlane (guitar). Two of our friends were a part of their team: Michael Hodge the music director. Linc has been exercising his gift of evangelizing the last few years at our events. Another amazing thing the Lord did. Several guys took turns in the role as front man and every one played their hearts out. The concert is free and NAMM has a way you can register and attend the show at a low cost through their Hot Zone training classes we present there at the convention center on Saturday to train worship leaders and teams. “And that’s your opening band? Wow!” Next up. Each member of this band is a great player and they teach for us at our Buffalo conference. Theses guys have been playing together for years on end as Kingdom Bound’s house band. And even with all of this going on. I appreciated his enthusiasm for the band! But now we were ready for the closer this Thursday night and it was none other than Lincoln Brewster himself. It is such a blessing and I am grateful for it. When they walked off the stage a friend came over to me and said. They had a big band on stage and they did a great job leading the crowd in worship. but a few of them are our regular columnists for the magazines… Rick Cua (bass). and Mapex drums (with our friend Gregg Bissonette) were presenting a “drum-off contest”. Sitting in that night on Hammond B3 was a top tier musician I want at any event I do – Tom Brooks. Tony Hooper (guitar). ask the Lord to continue this night of worship evangelism. with the role of preparing the stage for these events. and this night the Holy Spirit was moving as 8 people a c c e p t e d the Lord. It is simply amazing! Bruce & Judy 52 MAR/APR 2012 WORSHIPMUSICIANMAGAZINE. We appreciate their generosity. For the next three days I would meet folks (many of them I didn’t even know) who would come up and say how much that opening night at NAMM meant to them. and Lord willin’. Opening that night was the worship team from Lakewood Church (Pastor Joel Osteen’s ministry from Houston). Audio Technica was hosting a starstudded affair celebrating their 50year anniversary. the Blues Counsel. I want to thank the Lord here in print… for what He has done for us three years running now at NAMM. Wow! What a great way to end a wonderful night of helping usher people into God’s presence. The audience was really excited and Linc’s guitar tone and playing was inspired. Think about coming out yourself. His trusty bassist (and our bass columnist for Christian Musician magazine) Norm Stockton was joyfully playing to Linc’s left and the band was shining bright there at NAMM. If you are led. They were tight and could really play. he has been at the top of his game. The buzz from that night was like a sweet fragrance that wafted into the convention floor. I remember towards the end of their set the sax player stepped up and just wailed! Good stuff. “These guys are great you should bring them back to close next year”.COM . He has always been really good.

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Legacy is ours to own or abdicate. But.com). The second idea starts at home then outside content is validated or dismissed. and musician for the past two decades–from church plants to mega churches. “If a pastor in another town preaches better. My friends in the business world do this all the time. fashion sense is really not a problem and creative people lead in this. What then is the possible motivation behind copying? Cut-and-paste creativity is about efficiency. sadness overcame me when reflecting on our Sunday experiences. We should employ good tools.” Instead. it goes beyond music. and businesses built on showing how to paint-by-numbers. Where do we go from here? The idea is that in order to pass a timeless faith to people across borders of culture. 54 MAR/APR 2012 WORSHIPMUSICIANMAGAZINE. Toms Shoes. time and generations we need to grow in the discipline of innovation and creativity. Everything is downloadable with a click. creative leadership says this: “We need to worship and lead culturally from who we are and from who spiritually we desire to be. You can dialog with Rich on email (rich@ rkweblog. If we pass on anything. why so monolithic? Today’s recipe for success is the “me-too” cover band. We should value innovation because often the needs of our own people require homemade solution rather than boiler-plate. We can take the best practices and become better. This includes the tone. A church needs to birth from their identity to be a force that lasts. To reach a community is the heart of most pastors I know. it may flatten our ability to connect deeply to our community. our thinking may actually be similar. One company sells computers successfully. In addition. anyway? There are guitar sites. But. When we copy another’s success. Currently. Even the hipster dress code. And.com. as a result. It seems that many local church gatekeepers readily applaud ministry that looks like the successes of other churches rather than champion the indigenous creation from their own people. Rich is a writer. It is not to ban use of the many wonderful training tools. so reverse engineering takes place by competitors.A FEW MOMENTS WITH… By Rich Kirkpatrick Cut-and-Paste Creativity: The Death of Art. The worst offender is the skinny jeans. The idea is to emulate the success and hopefully exceed the level of your competition.com–a top influential blog on leadership for creatives and influencers. it should be from who we are. graphics on our website banners. sound and look of the most famous worship bands out there. we should never simply copy without full disclosure. as I observe when speaking or attending at worship conferences. We do this. and songwriter residing in Temecula. There are Twitter feeds sharing set lists of the songs worship leaders choose. for the past decade I have been in that category as a worship leader. “If it works. People in the pews or theater seats across America experience more of the same on their Sunday morning worship music menu than ever before. Copying as a habit is another. In church work. This is how we learn. we should actually be able to connect far better to them than someone else who does not know them. market-driven.” In the first case. not microwaving the left overs other’s create. Learning the process and finding inspiration from these incredible ministries and their leaders is a must. and worship the god of efficiency. Rich hosts thought-provoking podcast at WorshipMythbusters. Youtube channels. In fact. Some will balk at this perspective. we lose our ability to fail with our own creativity. If we champion the need for authenticity. creativity and the skills and work this requires we may lose our voice to the very people we want to reach. shaping the sermons preached in our pulpits. on Twitter (@RKWeblog). We can download from the Internet complete sermons. then surely it will resonate with people in our worship services. not the means. They will ask. Churches echo sermon series and graphics from the popular houses of worship. and sermon content at your fingertips. We create not because creating is our goal. the innovation of some churches challenges us all. off-theshelf fare. why not use things that are efficient and popular?” or “Why reinvent the wheel?” The idea is to measure the ends. no question is asked and answered about the assets and opportunities existing around you. Time offers us a shelf-life. Best practices are mined by competent leaders. A local artist I know recently said this: “Cover bands are where dreams go to die.” After dying in laughter for a few minutes. ministry models. The thought is this: “If a song is popular on the Christian radio station. What if people not like us actually become leaders and start steering things? That fact is inevitable. when you know who you are. Creativity is really “copytivity” in this world. Songs. after all. you set the stage for creativity. And. small group handouts. Would we want to lose our legacy to the creative energy of leaders who have no personal relationship with us? Failure has value. This one-size-fits-all thinking might be the death of true creativity. We often feel the intense pressure to live in the now. California. sermons and personalities are fluid. conforms to plaid shirts. the people I am called to reach and the city I live in matter.COM . The trendy church culture is gullible. worship leader. but to create indigenously means the people I serve. This one fact alone stalls us! Innovation allows mistakes that we choose to make. Could it be true that innovation and creativity in worship and ministry connect deeper with our people over time than the CCM radio playlist and downloadable sermon outlines? Rich Kirkpatrick has served in local church ministry as a worship pastor. If we ban innovation. and polished graphics. or at RKWeblog. should not that value steer us to create rather than emulate? Inspiration and mastery call us to create while ambition or fear drives us to cut and paste. Does putting efficiency above creativity and innovation really work in our favor. Yes! And. including outlines. What is the solution? Love and lead people first by learning who they are before integrating generic. but fear of letting go of the process to reach those people narrows the bandwidth of the local church. If we know the people as we should. and mass-produced systems. Being influenced and inspired is one thing. I see a pattern in the modern worship world. because it is efficient and looks and feels like the successful church we admire. why not use his sermon instead of your own?” This is faulty thinking. fickle and ever-changing. However. and fog machines. and v-necks. not that others prescribe for us. Seriously. Music and Connection in Church Worship Having traveled a bit and visited many churches this past year. When you are blind to self-awareness the only option left is to copy another’s identity. The idea of being an “artist” and the calling that God has given artists dies in a cut-andpaste mentality that pervades our Sunday programming. The solution is not to produce 100% original material. Most have the best intentions.

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