We received the following email from Viviene and it’s typical of the kind of question we are sent in:
“We are looking to start a band plus worship team but no one can play an instrument. Most of the singers just sing but with no harmony. How can you help?
If I purchase the drum video and the guitar video with our vocal would they learn the same song in order to play together?”
I thought that I’d unpack the normal answer we give (and also to see if our readers have any further advice):
Do we teach the same songs across different DVDs?
Yes, we do often use the same songs across our different DVD products. The list of songs and where they are used is actually over on our Worship Backing Band website.
However, as our portfolio of DVDs has been developed over the last 10 years, inevitably the more recent DVDs have newer songs on them. And very occasionally we might have taught the song in a different key on different DVDs.
Having said that I wouldn’t be too concerned about all the musicians having to learn the same song though. If people go through the Beginners course (and ideally the Song Learners/Worship Collection ) of their instrument, they will have the skills to transfer their knowledge into many other songs.
What about the singers? Everyone can sing after all
I would definitely suggest going through both the Worship Vocals DVD course. Even naturally able singers will learn something. And you often find that people who haven’t been trained have lots of bad habits which mean their voice isn’t at it’s best (not breathing properly, putting in too much vibrato etc etc).
The Harmony and Backing Vocals DVDs teach the high and low harmony parts to 20 songs (with the idea that you will then be able to transfer the learning to other songs). They come with a variety of backing tracks to really help you embed the learning.