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By [email protected] | April 3, 2016
By [email protected] | April 2, 2016
“The deacons forcibly removed him from the stage and dialed 9-1-1”
By [email protected] | January 27, 2016
It’s been Way Back When week on Facebook so we joined the fun digging out a couple of photos of Andy. Look how hard he is concentrating watching the guitarist play.
By [email protected] | January 22, 2016
We received a fascinating email from Liz from South Ruislip, UK who had been to one of our training days and had asked for advice on what keyboard to purchase for her church. We’d suggested the Roland RD800 which their Leadership Team agreed to. However, the proposed move to a more contemporary instrument has not pleased everyone. Liz writes:
“The bad news is that our older pianist is very unhappy. He wants something in a polished wood cabinet that looks like a piano. He is not a fan of contemporary Christian music or of our newly formed church band! So we are moving slowly and carefully with as much love as we can show!
So…do you know if it is possible to get the Roland RD800 in a polished wooden cabinet? We don’t think this is possible so are wondering about getting both the RD800 and a digital piano (with organ sound) just for him. Do you have any recommendations for the digital piano/organ? Our hall is quite small. How cheap could we go and get a good sound and feel? (So that we can still afford the RD800 too!).”
Now we were quite impressed by the lengths to which Liz and her team are willing to go to in the interest of harmony and keeping everyone on board. But we thought we’d share the problem and see what advice other would give to this situation. Would you recommend buying two instruments or would you, in the nicest possible way, go with the RD800 and perhaps build it into a wooden cabinet for compromise sake?
By way of recommendation on the digital piano/organ then we’d suggest looking at the Clavinovas which are in wooden boxes but in addition to and certainly not in place of the RD800 given your contemporary worship objectives.
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By [email protected] | January 14, 2016
Key training takeaways
It’s always good to hear what people take away from our live training days. Here are the top 10 “golden nuggets” from our two most recent days in response to the question “What will you do differently as a result of today?”
- Think more about how best to position our band on stage (use the banana shape so we can all see each other)
- Play more simply
- We need to build a team outside of practise sessions
- Silence is important in worship
- We need to work together as a team, not as individuals
- Choose songs with a range of Bottom A to Top D to suit a congregation’s range
- There is so much you can do creatively beyond singing songs
- Take time to watch other band members
- We need to find musically able people to do the PA and lyric projection
- And finally: lots of people always say “We will definitely be encouraging the rest of our team to come to the next training day”
Come and join us and find out what you’ll takeaway
We’ve two further training days coming up in February and March (nothing else currently planned for 2016 so don’t put it off). These are in Northwood and Stanmore and are designed to have minimal overlap so people can enjoy both days without repetition.