Never fear, the FREEBIE is HERE!

Merry Christmas and please forgive me.  I honestly intended to post a Christmas Freebie on the 24th, but alas, it slipped right by me.   But…. Never fear, the FREEBIE is HERE!

Click the link to unlock your gift (better late than never). A full 45minute uncut video shot with my iPad of our vocal workshop earlier this month. Thank you for your loyalty and ENJOY!

THIS LINK is time sensitive so don’t delay because this FREEBIE will go away.

Vocal Workshop

 

“…those that ‘can’ and those that have to work at it…”

Good Thursday Vocalists!

Have you ever thought about how people who like to sing fall into two categories,.. those who can sing and those who have to work at it?  The truth is, even those who can sing need guidance.  Singing / vocal lessons are for anyone who wants to sing well.

Even the most gifted singers take lessons. Take Michael Jackson for instance.  He worked as hard at improving and maintaing his voice as he did at making great quality productions.  He had a super talent even as a child.  If you listen to his earliest childhood recordings you can identify some great singing but also some technique that needed improving and he did just that and took his voice to the highest level he was capable of.  He improved his range to about 4 octaves and sang effortlessly from F1 to C6.

I’ve often referred to the following “rare audio. In a hotel room in ’94.”  The recording was taken during a vocal session by phone with renowned Speech Level Singing creator, Seth Riggs.  Yes, even Michael Jackson appreciated the benefits of vocal lessons.

So remember, if you want to sing as good as your favorite singer, they took lessons to get that great voice.

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

 

Good diction and higher learning…

As a small child I remember saying the pledge, right hand over my heart and words all run together. I had no concept of what I was saying even though I knew it somehow had to do with how important it was to be an American. Still, those great words eluded me as I formed the sounds without understanding.

Leading songs in a worship service can be a similar experience. We sing songs that speak a language that eludes many with words like righteousness, atonement and sacrifice. This is a common language to those who have understanding but to those who lack understanding it can be a little daunting, especially among children as the following video reveals.

This sweet girl is singing her little heart out but lacks understanding and has probably missed the proper pronunciation of the words in the song because her source might not be singing the words clearly. I know that I have often heard worship leaders singing styles that cause the listener to cringe because they can’t understand what the singer is saying.

We have a responsibility before the Lord to sing with clarity.
Open our mouths and pronounciate, not sacrificing *diction for style.
Lead with understanding and take the time to teach the song.

An after thought…

There is another lesson here that I won’t expound on at this time except to point out that we as children of God are not very unlike this little girl trying to “speak” the language of heaven but often miss it for lack of knowledge.

Your turn to talk back…

    *vocal expression : pronunciation and enunciation of words in singing

By His Wounds…

In light of a number of hits to WorshipOne inquiring for information for the song By His Wounds I have included some links to help search efforts for this song.

For Guitar and Mandolin chords. This site is great as it includes a transpose option along with some other cool stuff.

Here’s a site that has guitar tabs. I’m sorry but I was unable to locate any mandolin tabs. I’ll keep looking.

Visit NewSongCafe’s watch and learn video to see and hear more about the making of this song along with some instruction.

By His Wounds
Mac Powell
Copyright: Consuming Fire Music (Admin. by EMI Christian Music Publishing)
CCLI 4926560

Things I learned from a Honda Civic commercial Part 2: Team Work


Be sure to watch the rest of the videos of the making of the Honda Civic Choir TV and see why I learned so much.  After arriving at the Honda Commercial site click the “watch” option and  you’re on your way.

Today I want to look at Teamwork. Teamwork can be defined as the cooperative effort of a team of people for a common end. It implies that each person on the team is doing their part to fulfill the purpose or task given them to do. (Eph. 4:6)

As I watched the videos I considered that there were many parts to the choir. Guy parts, girl parts, and parts within the parts.. (parts are parts) Then, there are the parts of directors, writers, orchestra musicians and parts within the orchestra and so on. Everyone doing their part well made the outcome something that sold others on the idea that driving a Honda Civic would be an exhilarating experience. Didn’t you want to go for a ride?

To lead others into worship takes teamwork. Another definition of teamwork is; joint action by a group of people, in which individual interests are subordinated to group unity and efficiency; coordinated effort.

I cant tell you how many times I hear of musicians and vocalists who have temper tantrums because they don’t get what they want when it comes to being on a team. They don’t want to work together. Their interests have nothing to do with leading people into the presence of God. Their interest lies in serving their own egos. (Phil. 2:4)

I had someone say to me once, “When do I get to sing the songs I want to sing?” Another time a bass player moaned about not getting to “play it his way” and guitarists complaining about “not getting used.” Sound familiar?

Finally, every team needs a leader. Without someone pointing the way how will the team know where to go? (1 Chronicles 16:4-6)

Lesson learned today: Know what part you play on the team and be excellent at it. Lay down your individual interests and seek unity.

 

View other posts of the “Things I learned from a Honda Civic Commercial.

Learn From Experience

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I just received my latest Musicacemy Newsletter and got busy right away looking at their new DVD’s and reading their articles.

There’s something to be said about experience. Especially the experience of others. After all, isn’t that why the www has so much going for it? I can’t begin to tell you how much I’ve learned since the world of internet learning has become available. Learning from someone who really knows what they’re doing can speed up the time it takes to get proficient. That’s whats great about musicademy. Experienced worshippers and musicians coming together to make our learning fun and fast. Be sure to check out their new Worship Bass learners DVD’s, I think I’ll be getting the beginners set asap.

Also, enter their competition for a chance to win 5 free song learners downloads.

Things I learned from a Honda Civic commercial Part 1:Ducks in a Row

This is the first a several posts I hope to write over the next few weeks on Worship Team Leadership and Team-Work. I was inspired by the following videos. Be sure to watch all four of the videos of The Making of the Honda Civic Choir TV Ad and see why I learned so much.

I hope you enjoy the videos and that you, too, will glean some good worship team building tools for your ministry.

To watch all three videos of The Making of the Honda Civic tv ad  visit this site and click the “watch” option.

Leading a choir or worship team can be as simple or complex as we choose. The final product usually reflects which. We get out what we put in.

While watching the Honda Civic Choir prepare for the TV ad I was challenged and reminded about many things. The first was being organized or “having my ducks in a row.”

Having a plan and preparation makes things so much easier, don’t you think? After all, our perfect example, The Almighty Creator, had a plan from before there was time, didn’t He? (Matthew 25:34) So we would be wise to follow His example.

Before we introduce a new song to our teams and choirs, before we have our first meeting for the “Big Holiday Production,” before we practice or rehearse we should prepare.

The Honda Choir didn’t just come together like the Big Bang Theory. Someone had a vision and communicated it to a team of folks who would help him fulfill that vision. You can see how the planning team hashed out what they wanted and each one understood the direction and expectations for the final outcome.

So, my first lesson taught me to go back and rethink how I prepare before events, services and practices. Make sure I’ve thought through all aspects and have communicated with my pastor and staff involved when needed. Get my plan on paper or do my homework, be sure everything is ready for the team or choir so they can do their part to fulfill the plan. That means making sure the music is ready, (one of my weak areas), in the right key for each musician, etc.. I love the Planning Center because it helps me in these areas.

There you have my first thoughts… until my next post, blessings!

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~Vocal Blending Tips

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I’ve always been attracted to musicians who could really sing together, blending their voices until you couldn’t distinguish between them as they sang as one before the Lord. Musicians like Shane and Shane for instance.

Have you ever listened to a worship team and wondered who the lead vocalist was because they were all “leading” and all the singers stood out in the crowd? How about this, have you heard a team and couldn’t figure out which one was singing which part because they all sang “together” so well? Which would you rather listen to? Which one do you think represents worshippers who worship as one voice? (II Chronicles 5)

When we sing lead we use all our expression or all our tone to express the song in a way that others will “feel” the song. For back-up vocalist it’s a different story. If we are all trying to sing with our “lead voice” we’ll crash and the impression we give of the song will be lost in the personal expression of the singers doing their own thing.

Singing as one or blending is probably one of the most important aspects of singing as a group. Without blending everything just gets noisy. So how do we effectively teach our worship team to blend? What tools can we give them to start blending right away? Check out this teaching video by Paul Baloche, over at the ccli website, on Blending and learn some good techniques you can put to practice right away.

Does Live Looping have a place in the worship setting?

I don’t know for sure if this is the best demo for live looping to get my point across since Arthur Lee Land isn’t a worship leader but I couldn’t help myself! This is probably the best live looping demo video I’ve seen that gets explains it simply and clearly.

Live looping may not have to go this far in the worship setting but if you are a lone worship leader this could be a cool way to start the worship set during the call to worship. Songs that might work for this could be songs that have a repeated progression throughout like, Empty Me~Gene Way/ John Gomer or You Alone~Jack Parker/ David Crowder.

I used live looping during our Christmas Concert this year and it went great! I’m still trying to perfect my skills but I hope to be proficient at it enough to use it stealthily.

Talk back and give us some comments on this one. I’d like to know what you’re thinking.

See more of Arthur’s stuff.

Everlasting God- Brenton Brown

I really can’t get enough of this song.  I sure don’t know why I didn’t learn it sooner.  It’s not like I couldn’t find the chords or something.  Anyways, here’s all you need to get it on your set list too.  Gotta love it! 

 

Song Story/instructional at NewSongCafe. Chords  

If You Tune It They Will Stay!

Quite a few years ago, more then 10, I attended a Calvary Chapel Regional Worship Conference in Vista, California.  Maybe I saw you there.  🙂  I don’t have much recollection of that conference.  I usually leave a conference encouraged and refocused but only remember one or two specifics. There was one thing I remember from that year, the T-shirts.  Doesn’t sound very spiritual, I know but, I was thinking about them again today while rearranging my desk and clearing it of all the Christmas stuff I had collected for our concert.

I don’t know why it crossed my mind as it wandered here and there.  But that T-shirt, graphic and all, was clear as day.  The front of it read, “If you preach it they will come.”  The back…, “If you tune it they will stay.”

Ok, I know that this is far from the truth and, quite frankly, at the time it offended me for the Word’s sake.  It may offend you as well and I don’t want you to think that I agree with the semantics of it.  But, I do agree that a worship team that plays and sings in tune can help keep someone in the pews better than the team that doesn’t. Ministry excellence can make all the difference. Hence, this post.

This is one area I emphasize more than any other with our worship servants.  If we are out of tune (off pitch) in any way it gets corrected quickly ~ immediately, if it occurs during a practice session.  Your worship team may have problems with being in tune.  A voice or a guitar or wind instrument… don’t let it slip.  They will learn to hear the difference and will improve their ear and just be better at what they do and how they sound.  If you want a great sounding worship team, this is a good place to start. Mind you, being in tune won’t make great vocalists or instrumentalist but it will make better ones for sure and that’s a beginning, a good foundation.

 

I’ve included a video here to encourage you further…….  May God bless your service to Him.  

 

 

For instruction in guitar visit Guitartips.com

For instruction in voice visit SingingSuccess.com

Double Strum made easy…

Ya, Shane Bernard makes the double strum look so easy in the video he leans over and chats with Shane Elliot like double strumming is in his bones … enjoy.

By the way, I’m still looking for someone who can really teach this strum simply and get it across to us less fortunate guitar players.

Here’s the shanes definition of the double strum from one of my earlier posts.
”double strumming” is a simple (not easy) technique of strumming twice as fast as the normal strum pattern of the song. Usually used in a short burst kinda like a fill on the drum set. For example if you were strumming at eighth notes 1 & 2 & 3 & but for the forth beat you took 4 e & a in your strumming, then that would be a double strum.

 

Strumming Sensations is a collection of different strumming styles for you to play along to.  It will improve your strumming and rhythm as well as provide you with a stack of new combination and riff ideas when you next jam with your friends or on stage.  With a combination of rock, blues and funk arranged from beginner to advanced, you’ll no longer struggle with strumming and be able to pick up the pattern of almost any song in no time.  Within seconds of signing up users receive their log in details to get started right away.

 


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New Song Cafe

NewSong If you’re looking for new songs or need to know how to play a particular song, here’s a great resource.  Stop by WorshipTogether.com and visit New Song Cafe.  Here you’ll find videos where worship leaders share stories about how their songs were written and then lead you through the structure and chords of the song.   Log in to create an account and enjoy watching and learning.    Here Chris Tomlin demonstrates his song, Glory in the Highest on the New Song Cafe. 

Worship Leaders- Starting ’em young!

 Mark Roach, a worship leader whose gifts are evident posted this video of his four year old son joining the worship team for their Christmas Service.  A great young “drummer boy” whose got a groove goin’ on.  Enjoy!