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By admin | April 19, 2014
By Guest Blogger | March 11, 2014
Over the past several years I have had the joy of administering a sacrament in the Church called the Eucharist or Holy Communion.
Maybe it is because of the fancy word Eucharist or the purity invoked when we call something “holy” but adults, for the most part, are funny when it comes to teaching kids “how to take communion”. Mainly there is a strong reverence that is attempted to be transmitted from the adult to the child. But as children are not that keen on reverence and can “say the darndest things” communion with kids is something to behold. Mainly because the theology a child has at communion is more profound than most adult’s understanding of communion.
Here is some cool stuff kids teach me about communion based on things that have happened to me:
- Run down the aisle. It is okay to run down the aisle for communion. In fact shouldn’t we all be running to feast with Christ? Next time, don’t walk to communion – run.
- Take communion with a stuffed animal. This should be acceptable, as long as the stuff animal is served communion as well. Kids understand that everyone is welcomed to the table. Human and teddy bear alike.
- Drink every drop. It is critical that every drop of grape juice and morsel of bread is consumed at communion. Who cares is people are waiting behind you to move back to their pews, you do not leave that table until you have been able to take ever last moment you can with Christ..
- Ask for a “big piece”. Why settle for just a little bit of Christ? Don’t we all want a “big piece” of Christ? Read More »
By Andy@Musicademy | January 7, 2014
Another look “Under the hood” at Worship Backing Band
We thought we’d share the thinking behind the arrangements of some of our recent MultiTracks. You’ll see a consistent pattern regarding how the original recording are so often too high for congregational worship. Would love to hear your thoughts. Even if you are not a user of Worship Backing Band this makes for an interesting debate about some of the biggest current worship songs.
I Lift My Hands
In this tracks we take most of Chris Tomlin’s arrangement but bring the key down to a much more congregation friendly key of A and slow build the dynamic of the song to a huge crescendo.
Before the Throne of God Above
We love this new hymn but there are so many different versions of it we took great pains to build what we consider the definitive arrangement, incorporating lots of the best bits and a few new twists. So we’ve keep the original chords, alongside some verses pedalling the tonic to add tension and release and added a brand new guitar motif plus the new chorus section from the Shane and Shane version too.
Here For You
Matt Redman has produced a terrific arrangement so we didn’t change the structure, but it’s generally considered a bit too high for most congregations so we’ve taken it down to B which is as low as the guitars could go and still preserve the feeling of dropping down low when the song goes to chord 4, which is very much part of the feel of the song.
Christ is Risen
Matt Maher’s modern hymn is a congregational keeper but in the original the majority of the melody is soooo high that most congregations will really struggle. So we’ve taken it quite a way down to D which should be much more singable but allows room to breathe and space for the ending when the melody really starts to push people’s vocal range. One of the biggest challenges was to radically change the guitar driven chord shapes but still keep the same feel. We’ve think we’ve cracked it and hope it works for you too! Read More »
By Andy@Musicademy | November 6, 2013
For the latest batch of MultiTrack Pro Wav backing tracks we’ve chosen 10 recent big songs and given you guys a good mix of Chris Tomlin, Hillsong, Newsboys, Paul Baloche, Lincoln Brewster and Jared Anderson. Interestingly we’ve chosen to alter the key on nearly all of them as most are too high in the original key for the average congregation. A description on what we’ve down with each song is below to give you guys some background about the parts. Hope you enjoy!
Click through to listen to audio samples and to buy.
All Because of Jesus – Casting Crowns / Steve Fee
Came to My Rescue – Marty Sampson, Joel Davies and Dylan Thomas
Cornerstone (Hillsong) – Reuben Morgan, Jonas Myrin, Eric Liljero.
Crown Him – Matt Maher, Chris Tomlin and Ed Cash.
God is Able (Hillsong) – Reuben Morgan and Ben Fielding
Great I Am – Jared Anderson
I am Free (Newsboys) - Jon Egan
Offering - Paul Baloche
Today is the Day - Lincoln Brewster
Whom Shall I Fear (God of Angel Armies) - Scott Cash, Chris Tomlin and Ed Cash
Buy all 10 and get an additional discount applied at the checkout.
Here is the lowdown to each of the tracks
All Because of Jesus
This was a track that is fairly unsingable in the most well known version. So we took it down two full tones to C but then took a lot of care to keep the brightness in the voicing so it keeps its sense of energy. Read More »
By admin | October 19, 2013
We have released 10 Christmas carols as MultiTrack Pro Wav backing tracks. Click below to listen to an audio sample:
You can click through on the links below to listen to 30 second audio samples of each carol and, of course, to buy.
- Angels We Have Heard On High/Angels From The Realms of Glory
- Christmas Offering
- Hark The Herald Angels Sing
- Joyful Joyful
- Joy To The World
- O Come All Ye Faithful
- O Come O Come Emmanuel
- O Holy Night
- Silent Night
- The First Noel
Plus we have Cathy Burton’s beautiful Immanuel which, whilst not a carol, clearly could be used at Christmas services.
You’ll find all the carols on this page. That’s the quickest way to add them all to your cart – just click on the little box to the side of each listing.
Remember that you will need the MultiTrack Pro Wav Player or a DAW such as Ableton to play these tracks. There is an Ableton session file with each carol.
Buy 10 or more carols and save
You’ll get a 20% discount when you purchase 10 or more carols at the same time.
Carol chord charts Read More »