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By Guest Blogger | November 17, 2016
By Guest Blogger | November 8, 2016
Do’s and Don’ts: Christmas service planning
- DO plan in advance and lock everything down in good time with the leadership.
- DO give more than usual time to practice and rehearsal since the songs are infrequently done and not as automatic as the regular repertoire.
- DO try to give visitors a flavour of what they’d get if they came on a Sunday. If you’re a band led church use the band. If you’re an organ and choir church use organ and choir. If you have a mix, use both. Also works for the regulars!
- DO choose well known carols that suit a worship band arrangement not the carols that have a chord change every note (O Little Town, Once in Royal)
- DO use an organ for some carols if you have a good instrument and good organist. Consider arrangements which blend band and organ. For example, start It came upon a midnight clear with very light acoustic band sound and organ barely perceptible to start and then build band and organ through the verses until the organ’s power bursts through by the end and the band are barely perceptible!
- DO consider it OK to do a band only song with congregation seated – its kind of the modern equivalent of choir anthem.
But needs to be lyrically rich or powerful and story telling.
Something like Thorns in the Straw (Graham Kendrick) works well.
- DON’T be afraid to string together back to back carols – there doesn’t have to be a reading between every song.
- DON’T use unfamiliar Christmas related or tenuously connected songs or alternate lyrics to non-Christmas songs.
They tend to disengage the worshippers.
- DON’T use word sheets if you have screens. Get people looking up.
By Guest Blogger | June 29, 2016
1. In your practice:
PLAY with your voice. Every sound that you possibly CAN make (no matter how ‘awful’ you THINK it sounds) can be used and incorporated as a colour into your singing palette when good technique is applied.
Remember that the purpose of Worship is to connect with God and use the supernatural qualities music added to powerful lyrics to COMMUNICATE and reach people’s soul’s what a privilege!!! Seek to use your full voice to achieve this- don’t be satisfied living in only a corner of your voice.
2. In the band:
3. For your nerves: Read More »
Can we record our services if they include the sung worship and can I podcast or stream our services online?
By Guest Blogger | June 20, 2016
Recording live music
Podcasting or streaming your services
Other posts you may find helpful
By Guest Blogger | April 26, 2016
- Economic: this allows the creator to charge anyone who wishes to copy, perform or record their work for any commercial or non-commercial use.
- Moral: this allows the creator to protect their work from any change which might be considered offensive or not in keeping with their wishes.
Copyright in a song