This evening we explored some songs which link to our current preaching series on 'Pioneering' (there are of course many others). Below you will see a pool of old/new songs I expect us to be using a little more frequently in this next season. A list such as this will inevitably evolve, however it provides us with a starting point for selecting a pool of songs for a Sunday morning and encourages us to consider other songs on this theme. Songs that have not been used previously or only minimally are in bold/underlined and can be found on the new songs page (videos available).
“1% more of our time, 1% more attention, 1% more excellence, 1% more for the needs of others, 1% more to improving our craft, 1% more to being the example of a godly Christ-like life? If you decided to be 1% more dedicated to improvement and change, in your life and team, with commitment, you would see the continuous result as huge change over time” (Hillsong Worship, 2017)
In our vision slot this month we shared the '1% initiative'. Take your 1% for 100 days and you will see a 100% improvement in a specific area. This is a process that any team or individual can apply to increase competency, one step at a time. Simply take one aspect of what you do and attempt to master it as a means to achieve your overall goal. Some examples of what you could choose as part of a Worship/PA team are below...
Read a book on worship theology such as 'Worship by the book'
Practice leading a song with your voice only
Take vocal lessons/explore youtube tutorials to learn breathing techniques
Create new arrangements of songs using alternate chords
Learn how to play with pads/piano sounds to add dynamics and create atmosphere
Practice melody lines and/or improvisation in different keys
Learn the Nashville number system in all keys to help you transpose quickly
Practicing singing low/high harmonies in new and/or familiar songs by ear
Create lead lines that complement/harmonise the melody in a song
Practice using a new range of sounds/reverbs
Practice finding an appropriate rhythm to 'lock in' to the groove in a range worship songs
Master the capo chord chart and Nashville number system to help transpose songs quickly
Learn melodic riffs for smaller band arrangements
Practice playing outside of root notes and improvise
Practice playing along to a click track to improve time keeping
Focus on developing groove by playing along to tracks without adding any fills
Master how to EQ using this cheat sheet available here
Learn how to effectively set the preamp & gains to achieve a quality depth of sound
Apply basic live mixing techniques using this video tutorial
What can you think of and choose as your 1% for this term?
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” – Colossians 3:23-24
During the Spring term 2017 we completed an exercise called 'listen and learn' developed by Paul Baloche. The chart below is a great tool for worship leaders, vocalists and musicians to use when mapping out the parts of a song when preparing to play together. The aim is to annotate what each instrument is doing in the song before we begin playing anything together. Specifically, it helps each musician to reflect upon how each instrument fits into the overall sound and feel of the song. This can also be a good tool when creating small band arrangements e.g. a keys player or acoustic guitar could replicate an electric guitar or melody line.