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
"...that moment when you finally build up the boldness to obstinately play the guitar riff as recorded and as correctly written in the score, and that has been played by keys or full score piano incorrectly and unmentioned until it has become a…"
"My classical guitar library has re-emerged from a basement full of moving boxes so I now have ample study materials with which to combat the bad habits I have reacquired by playing from chord charts and recordings. I'll stop requesting the dots…"
"How much music do you need to support playing the average worship song. I think the 94 pages Charles suggests is just a little extreme... and would be wasted if nobody else was following a similar part. However, I feel the pain of trying to recreate…"
"I don't need to be able to sight read fluently until I need to be able to sight read fluently. Unfortunately, being able to sight read fluently when I need to depends greatly upon practicing and maintaining that skill when I don't need to.…"
"Well, you could always do the listening and transcribing yourself, and then just hand the 94 pages to your worship leader and say, "this is what I'll be playing. Let me know if you want any changes."
Honestly, as a WL, I had the…"
"Honestly, is the objection to written music really about making one's playing stiff and uninspired, or is it because most people don't want to spend the effort to read fluently or don't read at all? "
"After yet another foray into musical theatre, I more than ever want guitar parts written out on the staff in the correct octave. It was nice to be taken seriously as a musician by other musicians. I shudder to think of memorizing the equivalent of…"
"We use Planning Center Online. The WL usually schedules personnel 90 days out and the charts and songs are generally posted one to two weeks out. We get chord charts and lyric sheets via PDF from the site (which can also transpose, which…"
""Always" is a pretty high standard. I consider myself quite a stickler for detail and yet I'm still quite pleased every time a chart I've created makes it through being used in earnest without spotting something to…"
"Given the amount of songs we use at church and the amount of time available for the group to rehearse, it has to be stands all the way. If I'm leading, it's mainly so that I can glance down for a reminder of the words the congregation are…"
"It depends on the context. Assuming we're talking about 'worship leader' as 'person who makes the music happen in services' , you could theoretically have a brilliant worship leader who isn't a musician at all and…"
"Despite the fact I love it, I'm little cautious of the fact that, from the musicians end of the game, spontaneous worship can be suspiciously close to what would be called 'jamming' outside of the worship context. I think we can…"
"Song binders are a headache. When I previously lived in London, we used small folders for most of our music and they required a fair amount of maintenance to keep them usable. Sheets would get worn round the punched holes and drop out, items would…"
"One glaring problem with the way we do things is that we don't have a binder of our entire library for each person. We practice the songs for that week - that week. I find myself relearning the same songs over and over again, having…"