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 on: June 11, 2012, 08:35:14 PM 
Started by chrisfbass - Last post by tank
We still adhere to the old paper lead sheets.  We're a small church so the budget is also small.  We are blessed with very good and capable musicians and all but one have had formal music training.  The one that has not had any formal training has an amazing ear for it and he also is self taught and has turned out to be a really capable musician.  I really don't see us moving away from paper in the near future,  which to me is fine because I've been in situations where having to depend on technology has caused headaches because they are machines and can crash or just out and out lead you into something akin to the sound of a train wreck!!   Shocked

 on: June 10, 2012, 03:08:12 PM 
Started by 54bassman - Last post by Wayne A. Pflughaupt
I feel your pain, 54.  The stuff they’re churning out these days is pretty generic.  You can pretty much predict where the chord progression is going the first time you hear it. And there seems to be no end to songs where the chorus and verses have the same identical chord progressions – really poor form, from a composition perspective.  Myself, I refuse to do that stupid “eighth-note plunking” thing unless I think it really works for the song, which is seldom!

The church we went to for 17 years folded a few years ago, and to be honest I’m not jumping to sign up for another P&W gig.  Most of the stuff these days is intolerably bland and unimaginative and the musicians have no sense of composition or ear for arrangement.

Wayne A. Pflughaupt

 on: June 09, 2012, 06:09:15 PM 
Started by chrisfbass - Last post by Swamp Ash
I guess I am not in the process of going paperless...I just put together a 300 page binder of all my praise and worship music.  On another note, however, I am glad to see this thread emerge after seemingly (or actually) weeks of inactivity here.  Worship Bass is much too precious a resource and ministry to see languish.

 on: June 08, 2012, 07:04:39 AM 
Started by chrisfbass - Last post by Child of God
Hi Chris!

I can't speak to going paperless as far as music is concerned.  But I can speak the concept in general.
The governement agency where I work has been "paperless" (so to speak) for quite a while.  There are two problems with it from what I've experienced.

1.  Some of us "old-timers" (or perhaps "technologically challenged" people) just prefer the paper.  Personal preference, ya know?
2.  What in the world do you do when the technology fails?  (And believe me, it will from time to time!)

But if you can accept and cope with the two points above -- I think its a great idea!
I know our pastor uses his tablet for his sermons -- cause its small & handy -- plus he can call up scripture (or other notes) really quick when he needs to.

I guess it could be really cool to have a couple "scrolling marquees" on the stage -- where lyric/chord could be displayed -- but then you can run into the problem of not being able to do any improv or repats that were there to begin with.  I guess you could probably figure out a way to do that though.

I always build the lead sheets for the team.  Just the simple lyric/chord sheet.  I don't think anyone on the team can read music except me, and I'm not even good at it anymore.  So for me to put it all into IT format wouldn't be a problem at all.

God Bless!

 on: June 07, 2012, 11:17:19 AM 
Started by chrisfbass - Last post by chrisfbass
Has anyone gone paperless yet? And what kit are you using? i-pad, tablette? and any favored software?

 I assume you have had to either copy all your sheet music to pdf format or download (and pay) for new music.
How about  your own notation onto these pdf's?.

Is this somthing you have done just for yourself or is it driven by your church's media expert and is it shared and available to all.

And can we share this technology and said pdfs?  And lastly is there any software that can handle key changes?

 on: April 18, 2012, 08:12:32 AM 
Started by DAGRev - Last post by DAGRev
I know what you mean and agree with all you said. 

I have for years seen some real value from the Catholic tradition which my wife came from where musicians and choir are either off to the far side or even behind the congregation.  It makes sense.  The worship team should be able to lead worship just fine by not being seen because none of the focus should be on us in the first place.  If we have to be seen for people to worship--something is indeed very wrong or at least immature. 

As the pastor and bass player I would hope the worship team is transparent like the sound system.  If you notice and pay attention to either one something is wrong.

 on: April 18, 2012, 07:15:32 AM 
Started by DAGRev - Last post by Child of God
Interesting article.  And certainly for the musician it can be a concern (self-worth, pride, praise-seeking).  Generally musician-types (and those with self-esteem issues) DO gravitate towards these ends ... unless they are completely aware of the hazard this can cause in the church and even their relationship with the Lord.

In my opinion, most of the more mature (I hate saying older! *LoL*) worship team members have dealt with this issue, and, if they are still worship team members, dealt with it successfully.  I can see where it could be a very big problem for the 20 year-old Worship Leader unless they are well mentored.

An idea that someone came up with a little while back really peaked my interest.  The idea was to have the congregation sit in a circle with the cross at the center during worship.  This certainly would take the attention away from "the band" and help place it where it belongs!  It may not be practical in all churches ... but the concept speaks for itself.

God Bless!

 on: April 17, 2012, 08:34:53 AM 
Started by DAGRev - Last post by mainsail
Great article with some very good points. thanks for sharing.

 on: April 17, 2012, 08:25:15 AM 
Started by DAGRev - Last post by DAGRev
I ran a cross a good article at ChristianPost.com

It's about worship leaders but is equally relevant to all on the worship team who's job it is to help lead a group of worshipers into the lifting up of God.  It's needed because most of us have some ego and like to be seen as cool--the other 3 people who don't struggle with pride from time to time have other issues!


 on: March 09, 2012, 07:05:10 AM 
Started by 54bassman - Last post by Child of God

Praise God!  I love to hear that musicians of skill are putting forth that kind of effort to bring glory to the Lord!

God Bless!

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