The Best CCM Album You’ve Forgotten About

At this point in the history of TalkingWorship.com, most of our readers serve in an evangelical context that utilizes a rock band formation for their worship music. With this in mind, I thought I would share what I believe to be the best Contemporary Christian Music Album that you have probably forgotten about, for whatever the reason. Today, however, I am going to bring this album back to the forefront of your mind.Read More »

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Substituting Chords in Worship Music

In most contemporary contexts that I am familiar with, part of a worship leader’s responsibility is the arrangement of music. This actually becomes a very important task when you realize that worship (or liturgical) music must be appropriate for the congregation (or culture). Today we are going to take a look at one method for creating new and fresh worship arrangements.Read More »

Music Tells the Story: Rachmaninoff’s “Vespers”

Yesterday my wife and I had the opportunity to listen to the Wichita Chamber Chorale perform Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Vespers at St. George Orthodox Christian Cathedral in Wichita, Kansas. The cathedral filled out very well and one could sense the anticipation from the audience.

The performance easily ranks as one of the best concerts I have ever been to. Combined with the spectacular acoustics in the cathedral, the chorale soothed our ears and filled our souls.Read More »

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 »

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 »