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    So, last night was the first time I really was under heavy "stage" type lighting... worst experience ever. I felt like I was baking in an easy bake oven and aftet the end of the set capped off with a very energetic "Sing To the King." Needless to say about halfway through I was dripping in sweat and could barely keep hold of my pick, which I did lose at the VERY end of the song with an abrupt "bong" of the guitar and immediate palm mute. Couldn't focus and felt miserable... I had to apologize to the drummer who was clearly having problems staying with me (my fault).

    Yet God is so good, everyone was praising the Lord anyways and most probably didn't even notice, God is good.

    Anyone have an experiance like that or tips? Play in shorts, tank top,and sandals next time? LOL... I never really play with that type of equipment hanging around so it was a first experience for me and I hated every minute of it if I'm being honest. I couldn't focus at all, I was not worshipping the Lord at all (sounds terrible but my head was swirling with irrational nonsense from being miserable). I already get a little warmer when I play guitar without any help.

    Any pratical advise for next time besides asking them to make sure it is not full on and trying to pray a bit when it is getting uncomfortably hot?
    Lov'n Jesus

  • #2
    Questions for you:

    1. What were you wearing?

    2. Were you nervous? Nerves will make you sweat!

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    • #3
      Truthfully, there's not a lot you can do besides get used to it. The rock and roll review I tour with plays our first show wearing heavy 50's style letter sweaters and the second in tuxedos. When we use our own lights, we have LED fixtures that put out basically no heat, but oftentimes we find ourselves surrounded by conventional fixtures, and that makes it HOT! You pretty much just have to grin and bear it :-)
      Eric Frisch
      www.ericfrisch.com

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      • #4
        We've started playing our Sunday evening service that way- it annoys me because I like to see people, not a blaring white light

        It is hot, too- feels like an incubator.

        Not sure why the change-
        If we want to go places we haven't been, we will have to do things we haven't done.

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        • #5
          My experience on a "real "stage with lights and concert sound is limited to one time when my wife, daughter and I opened for the professional group that was performing at our Fall Festival. I was uncomfortable with the level of sound, especially the monitors, and the brightness of the lights. It was outdoors on a late October evening, so the heat wasn't a problem, but had it been indoors, I would probably been drenched in sweat, too.

          There is something totally unnatural about the sound levels, bright lights and the nervousness of that setting that almost suck the breath out of a person. If you can make it there, you can make it anywhere. (Apologies to Frank Sinatra.)
          Tom

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          • #6
            Originally posted by eyema_believer View Post
            Questions for you:

            1. What were you wearing?

            2. Were you nervous? Nerves will make you sweat!
            1) Jeans and two t-shirts (could have cut out the second shirt but was rushing from work)

            2) No, I've led in that location and setup previously, but they switched stuff up and added some cans for lighting.
            Lov'n Jesus

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            • #7
              Originally posted by efrisch View Post
              Truthfully, there's not a lot you can do besides get used to it. The rock and roll review I tour with plays our first show wearing heavy 50's style letter sweaters and the second in tuxedos. When we use our own lights, we have LED fixtures that put out basically no heat, but oftentimes we find ourselves surrounded by conventional fixtures, and that makes it HOT! You pretty much just have to grin and bear it :-)
              Headband? Lol...

              That getup sounds way too warm...
              Lov'n Jesus

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Wannabe a Worshiper View Post
                My experience on a "real "stage with lights and concert sound is limited to one time when my wife, daughter and I opened for the professional group that was performing at our Fall Festival. I was uncomfortable with the level of sound, especially the monitors, and the brightness of the lights. It was outdoors on a late October evening, so the heat wasn't a problem, but had it been indoors, I would probably been drenched in sweat, too.

                There is something totally unnatural about the sound levels, bright lights and the nervousness of that setting that almost suck the breath out of a person. If you can make it there, you can make it anywhere. (Apologies to Frank Sinatra.)
                Tom
                I'm sure experience will be good, I was clearly not ready for the situation changing. They even setup a much more elaborate sound system we had to get used to during setup. I don't think any of the changes were bad, but I certainly was not ready for them.
                Lov'n Jesus

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                • #9
                  2 thoughts.. See if they can change out the lights for LED.. They aren't hot, and they are better on the energy bill... And 2... Lighter clothing... I tend to do jeans and a tshirt.. Shorts in the summer. I also have a sweat band on my arm, which catches the nasty arm sweat, which runs down to the hand, and causes the pick to slip out.

                  I'm a sweaty guy.. Always have been.. Playing under lights takes some practice. Are they lights that youve added that will be there weekly now? If they are.. Use them during Rehersal too.. Or if you are able... Go in on your own once a week, crank the lights, and practice by yourself with the lights.

                  Also.. As a tip.. Bring a towel.. My wife keeps mine in the diaper bag.. So when the set is done, I go sit with her, and I wipe down (we sit at the back.. ).. It's a gross topic, but it's a reality.. Nothing worse than sitting there during the sermon soakng wet.

                  Oh.. And don't wear grey... Grey really allows the sweat to be seen.. Black or white work really well for hiding a wet back or pits!!


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                  Last edited by chrisburke; 05-09-2012, 08:28 AM.

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                  • #10
                    Bring a fan - moving air is a good thing. And don't worry about not worshipping, for the moment. There are many distractions that stop us from worshipping and heat/ light are 2 of them, but repetition and familiarity with these will allow you to focus on God again. He knows where your heart is, whether you are playing/ leading or not, and He knows all the challenges we face.

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                    • #11
                      I actually love playing/singing under lights...I love being soaking wet with sweat...something about it gets me hyped up and gives me an extra boost of energy. Different strokes, I guess. You'll get used to it. It's good weight loss as well.

                      Nate
                      Practical Worship

                      Please Pray For My Wife

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                      • #12
                        I started on worship teams with heavy lighting since I started on junior high worship teams when I was 12. It seems unnatural to me at this point to not have that lighting around. Sometimes as Worship Leaders we have to overcome our own personal discomfort, it can be hard but it's all about putting yourself in the right mind set. As you go out on the stage keep your eyes on him and don't worry about the small stuff. As you said "Yet God is so good, everyone was praising the Lord anyways and most probably didn't even notice, God is good.", keep that in mind. Your God-called purpose to lead the church in worship was accomplished. Just put your focus on him, put your mind in the thought that it's not about your discomfort, it's about bringing him all the glory and praise. Everything else will fall into place when chasing after his calling on your life.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by milepost13 View Post
                          I actually love playing/singing under lights...I love being soaking wet with sweat...something about it gets me hyped up and gives me an extra boost of energy. Different strokes, I guess. You'll get used to it. It's good weight loss as well.

                          Nate

                          Whew, I can definetly say I wasn't feeling the same love, haha!
                          Lov'n Jesus

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                          • #14
                            A funny related story - my old church used some pyrotechnics at a Christmas service once. The next day the drummer was flying out to see family and when they swabbed his drumstick bag of course they found explosive residues. That took some explaining!

                            The only bit about stage lighting during worship I don't like is not being able to see how the congregation is reacting quite as well.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by simon View Post
                              The only bit about stage lighting during worship I don't like is not being able to see how the congregation is reacting quite as well.
                              Same here. On the other hand, I have a drummer whose playing increases exponentially when he can't see the congregation. To each his own :-)
                              Eric Frisch
                              www.ericfrisch.com

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