Worship Tech Roundup

Worship Tech Roundup

As usual, this week I’ve come across a ton of great posts about the technical aspects of worship ministry. I didn’t have time to put each one into its own post, but I wanted to share them with you.

So here’s a collection of tech-related worship posts. Remember, these are just excerpts, but I strongly encourage you to click through and read each post in its entirety.

Kade Young spells out some things that every worship team keyboard player needs to keep in mind:

It is important that you come to rehearsal with a plan, having your part nailed down. However, sometimes what you have practiced does not work with the rest of the band. When this happens, don’t hesitate to try something different. It may be as simple as taking things up an octave or switching from playing chords to some type of pattern or sequence.

John Spicer teaches you how to appreciate another sound engineer’s mix (and what you can learn from it):

I had thought that the worship set that morning wasn’t all that great and it wasn’t because of the team, it was because of the mix. I don’t remember the details, but things just didn’t sit right for me and it felt wrong. My wife on the other hand, indicated how much she liked it, how the band had been great, and how she really enjoyed herself. I just kind of looked at her. Were we in the same room? Did we go to the same service? Then, as is normal for me when I have a God-lead epiphany, the train comes rolling around the corner and hits me square on the chest.

Nick Sheetz posted a brief introduction to church lighting systems:

Today we will review the three most common types of lights that are used in church lighting systems, which are conventional, LED, and Moving-Head fixtures. While this initial post will give you a brief overview of each type, each of the subsequent posts will individually examine these types of fixtures in greater detail. Because each type of lighting fixture is vastly different, we will discuss any special considerations you should have prior to adding to or upgrading your lighting system in those detailed posts.

Greg Jones shares a primer on digital modeling for the guitarist on your worship team:

… tube amps are loud and hard to tame. My 18-watter requires the use of an attenuator to keep the volume levels in check. Without it, if I were to drop the master volume to a reasonable level, I lose that great tube tone. Tube amps are typically heavy or at least not so portable when combined with a pedalboard. And tubes wear out. Tube amps generally require backup rigs in case they go on the fritz.

So what about a reasonable alternative? Well just as computers have revolutionized just about every other area of our lives, they have also revolutionized guitar tones.

Bobby Kittleberger has published a massive resource for guitar finger exercises:

… guitar finger exercises are certainly not the most exciting things in the world. However, if you press on, and go through this routine as described, your fingers will get stronger, faster and you’ll find yourself a more technical player than you ever thought possible.

There are no schemes, tricks, shortcuts or anything like that. It takes time. But I’m going to show you what you need to do and how to spend all that practice time. It’s up to you to do the work and put in the hours.

So let’s get started.

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