Newsletter 18th December 2012
Understanding strumming patterns for worship guitar
Often guitarists get pretty good at changing chords with their left hand but don’t pay so much attention to the hand that holds down the rhythm. At worst we end up with two or three strumming patterns that we try to fit into everything. Here’s a useful article to help you understand how to construct strumming patterns.
Musicademy’s top 100 articles from 2012
As we review the last year we publish a list of our top 100 articles from 2012. Is your favourite there? Or have you missed something useful?
Does Xmas really mean excluding Christ from Christmas?
A look at the historical meaning of the X in Xmas. You may be surprised by what you read. And if you like the message then you might like to share the image.
Don’t forget to back up your Worship Backing Band files
We’re getting somewhat swamped in the office with requests for replacement copies of songs for Worship Backing Band when a customer’s computer has died or been stolen. Whilst we obviously want to help people out when they have a computer crash, it’s not the quickest thing for us to manage. We are therefore now charging an admin fee to replace lost files. You can avoid this entirely by backing up both the Player and your song files to a flash drive or external hard drive in case you ever have problems with your computer.
Two Hallelujah Chorus trainwrecks
The last of our Christmas funnies. Why small churches really ought to avoid complex productions of The Messiah.
Hymns are like “prayers in your pocket”
Lots of love on Facebook for the quote this soundbite came from.
Interesting articles from the media
We’ve picked up on a couple of articles from the UK press in recent weeks that you might be interested in. The first takes a dig at “amateur” music in church and finds that carol services are in danger of becoming Winterval theme parks with all the trimmings. The second looks at the benefits of Christianity on mainstream culture. We also linked to a thoughtful piece about which worship songs to choose in the face of tragedy.
As this is our last newsletter before Christmas we would like to take the opportunity to wish you, your families and communities a very happy Christmas. We will see you again in 2013.
Andy, Marie and the team at Musicademy