The book “Imagine That” by Manuel Luz, declares that “we are all born artists, but in the art of living, the artist in many of us dies.”
Okay.. So your geared up for using loops. You’ve got a few samples to toy around with, you’ve bought Ableton Live and your ready to use it on Sunday. You have everything loaded in.. and then.. BAM!!! it happens. Well maybe more appropriately.. nothing happens. You’ve pressed #1 on your computer keyboard a million times before and never had a problem, but this time, the one time your in front of people, #1 doesn’t work. In this post we will take a look at a few steps to overcoming the dreaded Technical Anxiety that we’ve all faced before. So take a seat, calm down and lets figure out what to do next time!
Picture the scene. It’s a Sunday morning, we’re in the local church of Anytown, and the worship leader has just finished a song; ‘Lord Jesus, we thank you for your presence in this place, we love you Jesus, we glorify your name…’ and softly the music builds and the vocals come in: ‘It’s all about you, Jesus…’
Later the pastor steps up and raises the energy levels: ‘We’re here because of Jesus! Let’s give him the glory! It’s time to commit ourselves again to him and his kingdom!’
Question. What would Jesus think about that not-entirely-untypical worship scenario? [Read more...]
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This is probably my favorite playing style – double stops. Double stops means playing two notes at the same time and was employed to great effect by a certain Mr James Hendrix. Hendrix is known by non musicians for his wailing solos but this style used on gentler songs like Little Wing and Castles Made of Sand is perfect for playing in worship settings.
The U2 sound has always been popular in churches since the Edge’s style leans more towards rhythmic ‘pad’ sounds than a typical lead guitar rock riff. A U2 style sound is great for songs with big dynamic changes and great for filling up space behind very clear melodies in a way that is not so much a ‘lead’ part that it becomes like a distracting counter melody. [Read more...]
Teaching drums can be a thankless task. People tell you they have ‘always wanted to play the drums’, you agree to teach them, they turn up at your door with the ‘standard’ 5A sticks and are ‘ready to rock’.
“May your ways be known throughout the earth, your saving power among people everywhere.” (Psalm 67:2)
As we worship God, this time spent with Him should “send us”. Any encounter with God in worship should compel us to go forth and live out the reality of that encounter to the world around us, declaring it with our lives. That encounter might be lived out in forgiveness, in encouragement, in obediently sharing Christ with a co-worker, or in saying “yes” to a dream God has for us.