Who listens to secular music and what type(s)? Or do you believe it is wrong to listen to secular music? (many strong men of God that I have great respect for have taken this position, the first one…Continue
"It was not my goal to be a P&W leader. I was quite content to play guitar (or some other instrument) in the background. But the congregation I was attending in college went thru a really bad time and the entire music team was set…"
"Agreed, at least to the songs themselves. But listen closely and have others listen closely to the melodies and lyrics and make sure they are not infringing on someone else's songs. IT is very easy to pick up a part of a melody from…"
"Some very good points there. Worship is more about relationship than it is about doctrine or even style.
I have never seen the attraction of playing anything "just like the CD" or cassette, or vinyl. I always make it my own. Heck -…"
Currently we use chord charts/words on music stands. In a previous congregation I just had a song list with the keys (on a 1/4 letter sheet) on a clip on stand to match size-wise. Previous to that we used lead sheets but the…"
"As in all things, the Baroque musical understanding was not monolithic. It covered an entire continent for 159 years (1600-1759) and is roughly divided into (3) 50 yr periods. On top of that, each country was unique in sound and style.
For the most…"
"There is an old adage" "Practice makes perfect." A good friend of mine - classically trained pianist (and Steinway technician) says it this way: "Practice makes permanent."
I think my friend has it right. If you…"
"Well - If you are from the Church of Christ there is no problem as their more conservative elements believe that instruments are not allowed anyway. (kinda like what does an Amish family do if the electric grid goes down?)
For the rest of us…"
"Ain't it the trooth!! Ain't it the trooth!!
The problem came from people like Bill Gothard in the 1960s and his predecessors in the 30s and 40s who actually DID play or at least had studied music theory.
Gothard developed a theology of…"
"Actually that last statement about enshrining a culture style in doctrine brings up another point to me.
For centuries the church led the secular world in cultural advancement, in both painting/art and music. Most of the great Baroque…"
"Perhaps that is because historically we use cultural items that have emotional resonance with us to worship our Creator. And as secular styles change, what moves our kids changes as well. (what moves us is usually settled in us some time in our mid…"
"I think the issue is one of how a song is written. You may try your hand at a song accompanied ONLY on the banjo.
I have long thought about how to incorporate a tanpura (drone instrument from India) into worship music."
Hi David! Yes, looking forward to seeing you at the Tikkun Conference! BTW, do you think you might be willing to play bass on Friday night for Eli Chopinski? There won't be a lot of time for practice, but he is trying to put together recordings of his set so you can hear/practice the songs.
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