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a forum for worship leaders or church musicians to share ideas and encourage one another.

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How did you become involved in your worship role and/or how long have you been doing it? 13 Replies

I first got involved when I was in grade 7, so about 12 or 13 years old, and my teacher found out I was taking guitar lessons. He played guitar and asked me to play with him for a class choir of…Continue

Started by Martin van Dooremalen. Last reply by Martin van Dooremalen on Friday.

I wrote a new song. 14 Replies

I have written many songs in my life but it's been a really long time since I have. I came up with this neat little melody and it got stuck in my head. Before I new it words started to come as well.…Continue

Started by Alan Cargile. Last reply by Elton Bloye Feb 27.

What's your main/only acoustic for worship? 20 Replies

I thought it might be fun to post some pics of your main acoustic that you use in a worship setting.  Here's my Seagull Artist Mosaic  …Continue

Started by Elton Bloye. Last reply by Elton Bloye Feb 3.

Who are your favourite worship leaders? 6 Replies

Since most of us worship leaders play acoustics, and since there are some very good ones out there which have reached "pro" level (I use that term very loosely and respectfully),  I thought it might…Continue

Started by Elton Bloye. Last reply by Tony K. Oct 4, 2014.

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Comment by Elton Bloye on March 25, 2015 at 11:33pm

Hi Martin. I like his voice a lot, but that kind of roughness also wouldn't fit well with us. So I would definitely smooth it up a bit for the congregation, even though I personally love that "Springsteen" kind of vibe. Regarding the pace, I actually think they could handle it if they knew the song well. But the first few times we do it, I think you are right, we would need to slow it down a bit. It may be that the slower pace just sticks, and that's how we'll do it.

We'll see how well its received as a special. The structure of the song makes it suited to congregational singing, so I am quite positive that this will be introduced.   

Comment by Martin van Dooremalen on March 25, 2015 at 5:40pm

Elton, what a fantastic song lyric/theology wise. I find Dustin's voice a little rough or raspy for my taste, and I would think you'll have to slow it down just a bit if you want the congregation to catch on and sing along.

Prayers for a God glorifying rendition of this song done by your worship team!

Comment by Elton Bloye on March 25, 2015 at 5:21am

Quick chime in -  So here's one by Dustin Kensrue called "Grace Alone" that we are covering as a special item this Sunday - 

Live church version - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9u12KEy6x8

Dustin on the song & Acoustic version  - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GGxa461UVA

Its a great song. I love the words! The congregation might be up for it, but we are really testing the waters with this one.  Will let you know how it goes.  ;) 

Comment by Elton Bloye on March 4, 2015 at 11:20pm

Hi all. I'll be disappearing for a while. I have hit a period in my practice where I need to spend every spare minute getting rid of backlog admin. Just completely snowed under, and I think its going to take a while to get it right. So I'll chime in once I have my head above water. Take care and God bless. 

Comment by Elton Bloye on January 30, 2015 at 12:49pm

Ja, agreed on what you are saying re. Amazing Grace. Took me a while to get the new rhythm and strumming pattern. But once you are there, its great.

Comment by Elton Bloye on January 30, 2015 at 12:47pm

Its a traditional Welsh hymn. Sovereign Grace inserted the chorus.

Comment by Elton Bloye on January 30, 2015 at 12:46pm

Here ya go - Its done by Sovereign Grace. Really easy to sing. 

http://sovereigngracemusic.org/Songs/Your_Great_Name_We_Praise/18

Comment by Martin van Dooremalen on January 30, 2015 at 11:00am

Lincoln used to be with Steve Perry after Journey disbanded back in the early 90's. He is a crazy talented guitarist and while he can certainly "rock it up" for worship he can also do soft and contemplative songs with just enough edge or raw-ness to make it really interesting, to me anyways. I am 100% positive that if I was even able to come close to busting out one of his solos during a service the response would definitely not be favorable from the majority of the congregation. My electric guitar days as well as most of my hair are far behind me...... B^)

We have done Amazing Grace/My Chains are Gone as well. I find that generally people don't get the nuanced difference between the new version and the classic hymn for the verses (probably only really noticeable to musicians), but it all works together either way.

Is "Immortal Invisible God Only Wise" something you and your team have come up with or would you have a link for it?

Comment by Elton Bloye on January 30, 2015 at 2:07am

Martin, we have done a number of those older hymns with chorus/bridge additions. Amazing Grace (My chains are gone) is the most well known one. But we have also done "Immortal Invisible God Only Wise" with a chorus section. Really great stuff. I'd like to record how we do it one day, and then send you the words and sound file.  

Comment by Elton Bloye on January 30, 2015 at 12:32am

Excellent Martin, or should I call you, "Lincoln".

I joke with you because Lincoln Brewster is around 44 years old, but looks like a "20 something".

I watched him on YouTube last night with the other worship leaders. Even if his music style doesn't fit in certain churches, that guy is so talented! 

 

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