People have asked how we run our click tracks and pads during our worship sets, so I made this little video to show how I do it. We use Ableton Live and a midi foot controller to start and stop the songs, click, pad, and loops. If you have any questions, just leave a comment and I'll get back to you.
Intro: Rehearsals are very important. If run well, team members have a good time, songs are worked out and sound good, and everyone goes home glad to be a part of a great team. If run poorly, people get frustrated, feel stressed, don’t know their parts, and go home wanting to quit. It’s important that we strive to give our volunteers the best when it comes to our rehearsals. Below are some tips that will hopefully help you run effective rehearsals:
Intro: With so many great new songs being written by Christian songwriters and worship bands, there is a temptation to immediately grab whatever is new, catchy, and cool and throw it in your next worship set. But as gatekeepers of our church’s “worship vocabulary”, we must be very intentional about what songs we allow into our repertoire. In the words of Jenny Lee Riddle, “We have the weighty responsibility of putting words on the lips of the most powerful force in the world: the Church”. The songs that we choose are shaping our people’s theology and thoughts about God, so we must ask several questions before deciding whether a new song should be added to the church’s worship vocabulary. Here are several questions that may be helpful in this endeavor:
The foundation of a powerful worship service (besides Jesus) is song selection. The songs you choose, the lyrics they hold, the emotions they evoke, the order that they are in, all play a vital and fundamental role in shaping your people’s worship experience. Download the free e-book below to become more effective in your worship set planning and re-engage your congregation!
Key Changes for Good Song Flow
When putting together a worship set, it is important to consider how the keys of the songs will flow from one to the next. Certain keys flow naturally from one to the next which helps minimize distractions by creating a seamless transition between songs. This is important to help maintain the atmosphere of worship that you’ve worked so hard to create. The following is a list of keys that work well together. Typically I try not to change keys more than twice per set. For example, if the first song of the set is in A, I’ll try to pick the next song in A as well. Then, if I change keys after the second song, I’ll go from A to D, and do the next two songs in D. Sometimes it is nice to do the entire set in one key, sort of like a long medley, but if the songs are similar stylistically, then it can become monotonous and drone on for too long. A key change is a good way to lift the set, or change the mood / feeling of the set so that it doesn’t all feel the same. Here are the keys that will work well together:
Key of A --> A, D, E
Key of B --> B, E, F#
Key of C --> C, F, G
Key of D --> D, G, A
Key of E --> E, A, B
Key of F --> F, Bb, C
Key of F# --> F#, B
Key of G --> G, C, D
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Worship Leader Training Material
These are some of the materials I've developed to train up my younger Worship Leaders. Feel free to borrow or steal for your own worship teams. Click the title to see an article in its entirety.