Becoming a Better Musician, Part II: Your Vocals

Part I

Guitar-1333353440ujZThis is the second of two parts in a couplet called “Becoming a Better Musician”. The goal of these posts is to offer practical ways worship leaders can grow in their musicianship now. The first part offered five practical ways you can improve your musicianship on your instrument of choice. All of the practices suggested can be used for any instrument.

Odds are, if you are like me, you lead from an instrument, but you also lead vocally. Improving my vocals has been more difficult than developing my primary instrument (acoustic guitar), but has been incredibly rewarding! Your vocals will be what the congregation relates to and listens to the most, so they are crucial to your worship and music ministry. Here are 5 ways to develop your vocals!Read More »

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Becoming a Better Musician, Part I: Your Instrument

Guitar-1333353440ujZMy worship-leading career began with an injury. I grew up playing baseball, as did my three brothers. It was my freshman year of high school when my back began having pain that only got worse. Come to find out, I had a nerve that was pinched in my lower back. That ended my freshman season early, and would bother me for the next year and a half.

As a young high school student who was used to being active, sitting around the house all day, even after studying, began to drive me crazy. I needed something to do! My Dad had a guitar he bought twenty some years before with the intention of learning to play, but with only some fruition. The guitar seemed to beckon me while leaning in the corner of my parent’s room. One day, I just picked the guitar up, sat down next to the computer with some of the books my Dad had bought, and just started plucking away.Read More »

5 Principles for Leading Worship

Every job has essential principles for fulfilling the tasks it is assigned. What you are trying to accomplish does not change, but how you accomplish the job could change. These 5 principles are ones that I have learned and use to guide my development in becoming the best worship leader I can be. They have directly practical applications and guide my decision making processes. I trust you will find one or more of them insightful!

Invite people to participate.Bible_and_Lord's_Cup_and_Bread

As I mentioned in my last post, the worship leader knows when they have fulfilled their job when the people actively participate in the worship. Since worship is our response to God, and Sunday morning is a corporate event, everyone needs to be actively participating in the worship. Arguably the most important aspect of your job is to invite the congregation to participate. When you make your decisions, consider whether the decisions will allow the congregation to participate.Read More »

How To Know When You Have Led Worship

How do I know if I have lead worship?Songbook_by_Davide_Restivo

This was the question I remember my Dad and I asking when we met to debrief our most recent worship service (my Dad was the pastor. How could we know if I, serving as the worship leader, had successfully done my job? This was my job, after all, and I wanted to do my job right and to do my job well. My Dad wanted a worship leader who lead worship “right” and lead worship “well”.

These questions were posed early in my high school years. It would not be until my later years of college that I believed there was an answer to this question. How I wish someone had been there to tell my Dad and I how we could know if I had fulfilled my task as a worship leader!Read More »