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Small Budget? … Free Sheet Music!

Let’s face it, these days the budget for your ministry might be kinda tight, if you even have one, and some of us wind up using our own resources to meet our sheet music needs.

If that’s you, or if you just love to get free stuff, check out  WorshipTogether.com and get this week’s free song plus 9 more … free!

Now, free sheet music?… ya that’s music to my ears!

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Sight Reading Music

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Some of us worship musicians are timid about reading music.  It’s a bit daunting if we aren’t used to it but Monica on InTune at the MusicNotes blog gives some great pointers to help us learn to sight read better.  Her article suggests tips for piano, keyboard players and vocalist, but the techniques work great for guitar players too.  

Remember, sight reading is just another part of being a musician.  Tackle it with confidence and watch your skills improve.

 

Get Christian Sheet Music at MusicNotes.com

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Free Singing Lessons

One of the things I hear all the time is, “I can’t sing” or ” I want to be a better singer.”  

Most worship leaders and worship vocalists have trouble with feelings of inadequacy when it comes to their voices.  Let’s face it, most of us didn’t intend to become singers it just kind of happened,… one day there we were at a bible study or small group meeting and we were coaxed into leading a few songs.  Our voices just had to come along for the ride and after wards we were wondering if our voices were up to the task.

Today Musicademy shares several free singing lessons from their Seminar CDs that cover breathing, vocal health and harmony.  Be sure and have a look, these are classic techniques that will help even the most timid singer become more confident and strong.

 

For more on singing visit SingingSuccess.com

 

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Good Reading

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I’m not a reader.  That is to say,  you wont find me by the fire devouring the latest releases.  I enjoy reading the Word of God and material that leads me into a deeper relationship with Him although I’m choosy within that topic.  

I believe that the Word of God is my best teacher on the subject of worship but I do love to glean, now and then, from those who have something especially meaty to say on the subject.

I have read several books on worship that I recomend highly:

  • Face Down/ Matt Redman
  • Living a Life of True Worship/ Kay Arthur
  • Planted by the Water/ Chris Falson
  • Worship and Music Ministry/ Rick Ryan, Dave Newton/Chuck Smith (out of print)
  • The Ultimate Priority/ John MacArthur, Jr.
  • Worship Rediscovering the Missing Jewel / Allen and Borror
  • Real Worship/ Wiersbe

I’d have to say that none and all of these are my favorite books on worship.  None, because I couldn’t just pick one and say that it’s the best.  All, because I believe that each one contributes something eternal and imparts a tremendous gift to the reader.

So,… what are some of the worship books in your library?


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Ebow update

Hey everyone!  Greetings and grace to you all. 

It seems that I had several dead links on my ebow post so if you stopped by and were misled into the great www void have another look at “Using The Ebow.”

Sorry for the inconvenience and happy ebowing…. 🙂

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Guest Worship Artist….

This past Sunday my husband and I were graced with the generosity of some annonymous friends and sent to a marriage retreat in La Quinta, CA.  The weather was sooo hot, 115℉, but so beautiful!  If you’ve never see the beauty of the California desert you’re missing a wonder of God’s creative touch.

As you may have guessed, since my husband is the pastor and I’m the worship leader in our little fellowship, we had to get last minute replacements.  The Lord was faithful and brought two anointed servants.  Pastor Dan Finfrock delivered the message and Bob Bennett led in worship and shared some of his original music.

Our hearts were blessed to have some precious time away and to have some great friends whom God used to cover for us while we were away.

 

Thanks Dan and Bob for your hearts to serve the Living King and His people!

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More Capo Info

I recently got a call from Ric Flauding, one of the musicians without whom my CD would not have been possible. Ric composes, orchestrates, arranges and plays guitar beautifully. His knowledge and experience far exceed my own. And in the few hours that I’ve spent with him and his wife Denise I’ve grown as a musician and person, and come to truly appreciate them as friends and fellow worshippers.

Anyways, Ric calls me the other day about an article he was writting on the capo. We had a great conversation about using capo’s and about one of my pet peeves- offering our best to God as musicians. I’ve said it on my blog before, “If we are created in the image of God and He is the creator of the universe, then why does the christian music scene seem to be following behind the secular?” And, “I wonder what the great writers of the music of the church like, Handel, Vivaldi, Mendellsonn, Bach and others would have to say about the quality of some of the music we call great.” (ok, so that’s another post)

So, as I said we had a great conversation. Ultimately, we talked about capos and the article. To read what Ric has to say visit Soniccontrol.com. It’s informative and covers some very good, very practical instruction.

Get a cut capo here.

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