If you’re anything like me, every time you learn a new song, you sit there and stare at your instrument for a moment, dumbly. Then you ask yourself, “How am I supposed to write parts for this song?” Or in simpler terms, “How do I know what to play?” You’re not alone! Every time I approach a new song, I’m sure I’ve exhausted all the ideas I’ll ever have. How to construct parts for your instrument is an important aspect of making a song work, but a difficult one! I thought it would be worthwhile to start a discussion with some ideas on how to go about writing parts for songs. This is not by any means an exhaustive list, but simply a couple of ideas to get our collective, creative minds moving. Just a heads up: this will be an extremely practical post—not a lot of theory, or even theologizing, here.
Great advice here on using a collaborative approach to writing and arranging worship music. Click here to read the whole thing.