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By Andy@Musicademy | July 19, 2014
We had an email recently from Mark Proctor:
“As a church we are currently in transition from an organ only church to having a music group. Unfortunately none of us have any experience of arranging songs and every article/website appears to assume that it’s a full ‘rock’ band format that you’ve got and very little advice applies to our situation.”
As we spend a huge amount of time during the live training seminars we run talking about the unique contribution that each team member can make, no matter how unusual the set up of your band, we wanted to try and address some of these issues for Mark. We find that many many churches do not have the conventional 5 piece rock band. That’s one of the reasons we’ve done a DVD set for orchestral instruments and it will also be an important theme running through our upcoming band skills DVDs (we’re currently in the process of planning these). With the orchestral DVDs we try and take the existing knowledge most of those classically trained players have and get them to put it into a framework where they play together without set parts, where at best they get a chord chart to work with and at worst they have to play completely by ear. In practice that of course is the space that most churches with orchestral instruments that want to do modern songs inhabit. In practice we get them to develop the idea of playing together almost like a backing vocal group where they are taking the notes from chords and blending with complimentary rhythms.
Let’s look at the art of song arrangement though.
Arranging a worship song
There are two ways to arrange; before you play the song or spontaneously whilst you are playing the song.
Let’s start with spontaneous arranging as its one thing we all do whether we realise it or not. Every time you play with other musicians you are creating an arrangement of sorts. Perhaps just not a very pleasant or well thought out one! The key thing to remember is the chord chart is NOT the arrangement so putting chords and words in front of your team and shouting “…2,3,4” doesn’t necessarily give them all the information they need.
In order to build any arrangement spontaneously we need to get an understanding of the different elements that make up a song’s arrangement. These elements include groove, rhythm, dynamics, i.e. how big or small the song sounds at different points, tempo, fills, harmonies and motifs which are the repetitive elements that add a sense of familiarity – think of the bass part in Lou Reed’s ‘Take a Walk on the Wild Side’ or the lead line of ‘In Christ Alone’.
Did you notice I haven’t included melody? Melody should remain set whilst we build the arrangement around it, so lots of ad-libs and harmonies from the worship leader can be confusing for the congregation unless they are extremely musical.
Which elements can be changed?
Let’s take the three key elements; tempo, dynamics and groove. Read More »
By Marie@Musicademy | July 11, 2014
We are delighted to announce a long-awaited training day in the North of England. Join us in Huddersfield on 15 November for a day of vocals and instrumental training. We are working in partnership with Big Church Night In who are running a fabulous night of worship with Rend Collective and Phil Wickham at the same venue. Buy tickets for the evening event at the Big Church Night In Website. Buy tickets for the Musicademy training day here on the Musicademy website.
Please do book early – our last training day sold out and numbers are limited at this event. Discounts are available for group bookings.
Buy your tickets now
Buy tickets for the training day here on the Musicademy website. Discounts are available for group bookings.
Note we also have a training day in Buckinghamshire on 25 October 2014. We really do put on only a handful of public training days like these so do encourage your worship team to come to one of these events. Read More »
By admin | July 7, 2014
We’ve had a prospective customer ask for some reassurance from Worship Backing Band users on how well it works. He has had his fingers burnt previously with competitor products and needs to check out that ours does indeed deliver what we claim. Please click below (either through to Facebook or in the comments here) to share your experience.
By admin | July 2, 2014
For churches that don’t have any musicians, and simply want a backing track product that offers them quality “karaoke” worship tracks, there is no need for the Worship Backing Band MultiTrack Player with all its functionality of filling in for missing musicians, looping, key and tempo change. Our option for such churches are our budget Split Track backing tracks. These are MP4 video tracks which you download individually from the website and then pop into Powerpoint or iTunes for your personalised play lists. They even come with onscreen lyrics that change with the music so no need for any other software.
We’ve been catching up on the back catalogue of Split Tracks recently and are pleased to announce the following titles to the repertoire:
Click on the audio arrow below each description to listen to a 30 second sample.
Abide With Me – a new version of the classic hymn
All Because of Jesus – Steve Fee (Casting Crowns)
Beautiful Things – Michael and Lisa Gungor
Break Every Chain (Jesus Culture / United Pursuit) – William Reagan
God’s Great Dance Floor – Martin Smith, Chris Tomlin, Nick Herbert
Heart of Worship (When the Music Fades) – Matt Redman
Love the Lord – Lincoln Brewster