Have you ever gotten to that place in a worship song where you just wanted to linger for a moment? It might be as a song ends, or during an interlude within the song, but the arrangement you’re using doesn’t seem to give you that.
That’s because many of the worship songs we use in our service come from recordings that are arranged to sell CDs and downloads on iTunes.
These arrangements are more for listening than participating.
And even when a recording includes an extended time of repeats, response, or spontaneous worship, it still might not fit what would work in your church.
So how do you create the space to just linger in the moment?
There are a lot a ways to do that, but I want to give you one technique that you can use to create an extended moment. And just like the title says, it requires a little music theory.
I call it “The Lingering Four Chord.”
To make sure we’re all know what the Four Chord is, let’s take a crash course in the chord number system. (Hang with me here, because even if you don’t know a stitch of the music theory, I can walk you through it.)
Crash Course In Theory
In every major key there is an identical pattern of naturally occurring major and minor chords. The pattern is easiest to understand in the key of C, since there are no sharps or flats.
First, the naturally occurring notes in the key of C are:
If we build the naturally occurring triad on each of these notes, we will see our patterns of chords.
(If you’re near a keyboard, this is easy. Just start with the scale tone and skip a white key to add the third of the chord. Then skip another white key to play the fifth.)
Here’s what the C triad looks like on the piano. Read More