I'm loving the more informative emails that are coming through now. I had, to be honest, given up on trying to keep track of threaded discussions but getting the updates to a discussion in my inbox,…Continue
"Like you said, practise more.
You could also try a new set of strings (if your strings are ten years old they probably sound very dead and, even before this, they have probably lost the zing which makes things sound right when you get your fingers…"
"Is it really just affecting men? After all, there still seems to be an imbalance towards men as worship leaders and song writers. If men have stopped singing, then men are probably also to blame.
From a more gender-neutral stance, I think there is a…"
"It's because you've got all that pesky keyboard arrangement taking up space and making it look like a score to follow rather than an outline to adapt.
I'd love it if Songs of Fellowship was available in a lead sheet format like the…"
"A lot of songs can be "jazzed up" by adding some suitable inflections to them. For example, any time you spot a V I cadence, there is a good chance that you can turn it into a ii V7 I (or even ii bII7 I, with a tritone substitution on the…"
"The original question was phrased in a rather polarising way but there is also a further challenge - we are tempted to write opinions as if all situations are equal when our experiences and the places we get an opportunity to use musical skills in…"
"I'm from the jazz school. It is my responsibility to practise so that my sense of time is excellent (particularly so as the bassist - perhaps even more than the drummer) and a metronome is a fantastic tool for that. Again, I can certainly see…"
"We are a long way off going for an in-ear set up. For a smallish church with a relatively large pool of musicians at varying standards and oodles of more pressing needs, I don't see it being something I'll have to get used to any time…"
"I have to confess that resembles my whole approach to electric guitar playing in church. I'm just the icing on the cake so I'm all about adding some spice to the song and supporting rather than dominating. Mind you, we're also playing…"
"I voluntarily start with the theme. As I begin thinking about a service where I am responsible for the music, I will typically start with praying and reading around the theme: typically presented as a title and one or two readings. Typically there…"
"With my singing, I'm pretty sure that I change the melody quite a lot ;-)
I can also think of quite a few instances when I've heard words get mangled in performance but that probably falls under the level what is acceptable (small type,…"
"The big problem for the capo-dependent is that it doesn't let you easily drop a song down a semitone or two (if you can cope with the mental workout to do that and probably ignore both the written chords and the ones added for capo users, you…"
"What about the question I raised earlier (it probably got lost - I find the flow of discussion hard to follow when it takes off and starts going in different directions): what about the case when you don't alter a word but drop a whole section?…"
"So, for "How He Loves" we have two official versions. Arguably, neither version of that line is particularly fitting for congregational worship; "sloppy wet kiss" might suggests that God looks at us with mawkish sentamentality…"
"Was it David Crowder who changed the line to "unforeseen kiss"? That's how we've learned it with the youth band at my church and, theologically, I think it is a much better line. There was nothing sloppy or soppy about the…"
"Is this mainly for folk from your church? If so, I would look for a set of songs that are:
(a) Suitable for Easter
(b) Not too lyrically complex
(c) Ones that you can manage with the instrumentation available.
Get your list fixed early and then let…"
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