Category: Music

Meaningful Creative Work

Hooks

Hooks. They are all around us. How many hooks can you spot in this draft 3 of an Video Opener underscore? STEP 1 = Meeting people where they are at, then STEP 2 = Move them to where you want them to go. You can’t take someone anywhere unless you meet them first. Sometimes using…
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Reconsidering Traditions

Over 400 years ago — the orchestra got its start (back in the 1600-1700’s). At the beginning, it was only stringed instruments (violin, viola, cello, string bass). But then the wind instruments and percussion were added, thanks mostly to Beethoven. But where do should they sit when you add them? The back row naturally. Why? Well,…
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Music Stand app Planning Center Online tutorial

The age of digital music has been here for awhile. The Planning Center “Music Stand” app is downright amazing for many worship environment situations. Here’s a tutorial of how I tend to lay out music. If you are a Music Director or Worship Leader — I hope this is a help in being consistent with your…
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Learn to Play Guitar Sessions 1-6

After swimming through $40k+ in family out of pocket medical bills — I decided to run an in-person guitar class to help stabilize things financially. A guitar class! Yup, that’s something I can do. And lots of people want to get started right on guitar. I had 10 people signed up and ready to go. Then…
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The 7-Minute Sound Check

After years of frustrating back and forth between production and musicians — I finally made a solution to help get through sound checks in seven minutes. The concept isn’t complicated. It’s simply a guided click/guide track that calls out to the FOH and those on In Ear Monitor (IEM). It leverages a specific sound check song…
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“Lead Sheets” – what kind of music charts are they? Why use them?

Most of the time a “chord charts” is suffice for a worship leader. A “chord chart” is made up of lyrics and chords above the lyrics. One must listen to the recording in order to know how the melody goes rhythmically/pitch, tempo of song, texture of song, and how the song is structured. But “lead sheet”…
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Auditioning your worship team

Auditioning your worship team. Yuck. No one relishes the process — yet it’s done either officially or unofficially. Unless you have sign-ups for every position of course. Who want to preach next weekend? Sign up right here! What’s the best way to audition? Maybe you can learn from some of my past mistakes. First, know and…
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Underscoring in Worship Settings

The bed of music played under a prayer, shepherding moment, or end of sermon can make or break a moment. Musicians try to find “just the right amount and kind” of music to play for these moments. Some musicians are really gifted at it. Other musicians need a little help. Why? Some musicians take a…
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